Logan County was well represented in last Saturday night’s North-South All-Star Classic at Charleston Laidley Field.
Coach George Barker’s South All-Stars beat the North, 36-28 in overtime, as Logan High School’s Joe Street ran for a 7-yard touchdown in the extra period and Zack Whitten tacked on the two-point conversion run for the decisive eight points.
Street, running like a freight train all night long, also had a 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He finished the game with 13 rushes for 76 yards.
The victory was the first all-star win as a head coach for Barker, the Chapmanville Regional High School football mentor. Back when he coached at Logan, he was on the losing end of the stick in 2003 as he coached the West Virginia All-Stars to a 40-36 loss to Kentucky in the Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl at Matewan. Barker had previously been a South assistant coach twice in the North-South All-Star Classic.
Also on the South All-Star squad was Logan’s David Toney, a tailback/linebacker, who is headed to play at West Virginia State. Toney also had a fine night as ran for 42 yards on just three carries, including a 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Three other Logan County players took part in the game — Chapmanville Regional senior linemen Joe Woody, John Toler and Thomas Belcher.
At game’s end, Toler received a $500 scholarship from the WVCA. A $1,000 scholarship went to Street (David Chapman Memorial).
Saturday night’s all-star featured a lot of points, a lot of big plays and a lot of yards.
When Barker accepted the job, he promised that his South team would play “sideline to sideline” and would put on an offensive show.
Just like his 2003 Senior Bowl team, Barker said his team would be entertaining.
He was right.
Cody Carter and Toquan Hayes of Huntington High School sparked a South offense that broke game records with 25 first downs and 543 net yards. At the half, the teams had combined for 27 first downs and 567 yards, 312 by the South All-Stars.
After the Street score and Whitten conversion run, the South sealed the win in overtime as North quarterback Brandon Ashenfelter was stopped on fourth down.
The game drew a rather sparse crowd of 2,001 to Laidley, the home of the University of Charleston football team.
The North took an early 7-0 lead at the 4:28 mark of the first quarter as Louis Richardson ran in from 47 yards out. Street’s 6-yard run and Whitten’s two-point conversion then made it 8-7 with 2:54 left in the opening quarter.
Dylan Cottrell’s 3-yard run then put the North back on top 14-8 with 4:17 to go until halftime.
The South answered with Cam Roam’s 65-yard TD pass to Carter to tie it up at 14 with 2:19 left. The PAT kick was blocked.
A booming 41-yard field goal by Matt Carter of Wheeling Park then gave the North Bears a 17-14 halftime lead with 20 seconds left on the clock.
Toney’s 25-yard jaunt put the South back on top 20-17 at the 8:59 mark of the third quarter. Carter then scored from 50 yards out with 3:34 left to make it 28-17 after Whitten’s two-point conversion run.
In the fourth, Matt Carter brought the North back to within 28-20 and made it a one possession game after he connected on a 24-yard field goal with 10:49 remaining.
The North then sent the game to overtime with only six seconds left as Jayson Keller caught a 19-yard TD pass from Ashenfelter. The North’s two-point conversion was good to knot it up at 28.
The South had 37 rushes for 252 yards for the game. The North had 38 carries for 165 yards. The South Cardinals also had the air superiority, with a 291-245 edge in passing.
In typical all-star fashion, the game was riddled with penalties. The North was flagged 14 times for 118 yards, while the South had 13 yellow hankies for 105 yards.
Street had the most yards on the ground for the South. Richardson had six carries for 75 yards. Whitten had 13 rushes for 64 yards.
Ashenfelter was 12-for-25 passing for 174 yards. He had led Martinsburg to two straight Class AAA state championships and a 28-0 record as a starter over the last two years. Roam was 12-for-20 for 215 yards for the Cardinals.
Boo Lathan led the North receiving corps with four catches for 90 yards. Haynes had six grabs for 124 yards for the South.
The South won its third straight all-star game and have now won six out of the last seven. The South leads the all-time series 37-19-3 since 1986.