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North prevails in annual North-South Football Classic

The North Bears pulled away in the second half to defeat the South Cardinals in the annual WCHS-TV/FOX-11 North-South Football Classic at South Charleston High School Saturday afternoon. (WCHS/WVAH)

The North Bears pulled away in the second half to defeat the South Cardinals in the annual WCHS-TV/FOX-11 North-South Football Classic at South Charleston High School Saturday afternoon.

Led by South Harrison head coach Brad Jett, the Bears defeated the Cardinals 42-20.

The blue-clad bears got on the scoreboard first when Lincoln High School's Kobie Carpenter connected with Brooke's Ethan Secrist for a 28 yard touchdown to give the North a 7-0 lead just a minute into the game.

With just under 5 minutes left in the first quarter, the South answered when Winfield quarterback Andrew Huff found Hurricane's Curon Cordon in the back of the end zone from 28 yards out to tie the game at 7.

On the previous play, Cordon made what may have been the play of the game when he made a leaping, one-handed catch in the end zone. However, the officials ruled that he was out of bounds.

In the second quarter, the North once again took the lead. Cameron quarterback Colby Brown threw on the run and found Fairmont Senior's Bryson Gilbert, who made an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone to give the Bears a one score lead.

Just four minutes later, the Bears would add to their lead when Brown aired it out to Keyser's Brady Ours for a 64 yard touchdown. An extra point would give the North a 21-7 lead.

The south would add a touchdown late in the second quarter, but the North took a 21-13 lead into the half.

The Bears would add to their lead midway through the third quarter when Musselman's Jacob Northcraft powered in a run from 8-yards out. A converted extra point would give the Bears a 28-13 lead.

On their next drive, the Cardinals would answer when Huff dropped back and found Cordon streaking down the middle for a 59 yard touchdown that would cut the North's lead to 28-20.

The Bears then used a special teams and defensive touchdown to pull away from the South.

Early in the fourth quarter, East Hardy's Brett Tharp scooped up a South punt and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 35-20 lead.

Then, just 3 minutes later with the South driving, Bridgeport's John Merica intercepted a pass from Huff and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown to give the North its last score.

Lincoln's Kobie Carpenter was named the Mark A. Hunt and Associated Most Valuable Player for the North. Carper threw for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Hurricane's Curon Cordon was named the Mark A. Hunt and Associated Most Valuable Player for the South. Cordon finished the game with seven catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he also recorded two tackles.

See the full box score here.

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