Shriners football: South 21, North 7
June, 23, 2013
By Scott Barboza | ESPNBoston.com
WALTHAM, Mass. -- North Attleborough’s Alex Jette said it just wasn’t his year. In the early season of the Massachusetts football calendar, the Red Rocketeers’ versatile play-maker looked poised for a breakout year before a broken leg cost him the greater portion of the season.
Even in the lead-up to Saturday’s Shriners All-Star Football Classic at Bentley University, Jette pulled a hamstring. However, the Brown-bound burner was still able to leave his print on the South teams’ 21-7 win.
Jette hauled in two touchdown passes while Quincy running back Jalen Green (3 carries, 93 yards) provided the fireworks with an 81-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter.
“I’ve been able to bounce back pretty well and I’ve just been able to overcome those obstacles,” Jette said of his trying year.
Green was named South’s offensive MVP for his efforts and, while getting a greater share of carries, North running back Chance Brady of Haverhill earned his side’s respective MVP honor after a 16-carry, 136-yard performance.
For an exhibition game though, there also was some serious defense being played. Brockton quarterback Auggie Roberts earned South’s defensive MVP honors with an interception at the goal line while St. Mark’s end Mark Upton claimed the North award, leading all players with four tackles for loss, including three sacks.
Defense also translated into South’s first score. Duxbury linebacker Mark Trudeau scooped up a fumble near midfield to start a 10-play, 54-yard touchdown drive by Barnstable’s Nick Peabody’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Jette.
Jette collected his second scoring catch of the game with a 3-yard play from East Bridgewater quarterback Andrew Benson in the third quarter. South took the second-half kickoff and marched downfield 88 yards, while chewing up 8:02 of game clock.
North scored its only touchdown with 7:20 remaining on a 41-yard touchdown connection from Lowell’s Cam Latta to Shawsheen’s Devon Pratt.
CALL HIS SHOT?
The South had no answer fro Brady throughout the game. Coming out in a no-huddle offense, North tried to push the pace while gashing the interior of the South defense with its inside ground game.
“We wanted to gas them,” said Brady, who’s headed to Tufts in the fall. “We had a lot of speed on offense. We wanted to wear them down and keep us going.”
The stout running back also had received a vote of confidence before kickoff when his Hillies teammate and quarterback Tommy Morgan predicted he’d win the MVP award.
“When he called it, I though he was joking.” Brady said, laughin. “[Morgan is] playing in the Agganis [this week], so I’ll go down and I’m going to predict him [winning MVP].”
The All-Star format turns former foes into friends, even among staunch Hockomock League rivals.
“As you can see, I’ve got the Mansfield ‘M’ on there,” Jette said pointing to his helmet postgame. “That was a little hard to put on. During the season, I didn’t like them. You can’t like them, they’re our rival. But then you find those kids are really nice kids and you become friends through it”
No matter what the setting, all that mattered is the game that brings them together.
“I was pumped coming out here and just playing football,” Roberts said. “I miss it.”