North downs South, 8-6

Area players contribute as Bears capture annual All-Star game

Submitted photo Elkins High School’s Austin Storey, left, and Daniel Romans are shown with EHS head football coach Evan Hott at Saturday’s North-South All-Star Classic. Storey and Romans were members of the winning North squad.

CHARLESTON  – The North defense stopped a South two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter to claim an 8-6 win in the annual All-Star Classic played Saturday afternoon at South Charleston High School.

The Cardinals trailed 8-0 before Sissonville’s Will Hackney connected with Sherman’s J.T. Hensley for an 8-yard score with 1:02 left in regulation.

On the tying conversion try, Grafton’s Caleb Bish broke up a pass attempt to keep the score at 8-6 in favor of the Bears.

Pendleton County’s Kole Puffenberger then recovered the ensuing onside-kick attempt to preserve the victory for the North squad.

Fairmont Senior’s Connor Neal, the 2018 Kennedy Award winner, found Polar Bear teammate Rhett Heston for a 73-yard strike early in the third quarter for the game’s first score.


Neal then hit Bridgeport product D’Andre Holloway for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

Heston was the North MVP, while Hensley garnered MVP honors for the South.

Hensley had two interceptions on the day.

Elkins High School’s Daniel Romans and Austin Storey and Tucker County’s Cole Rapp suited up for the winning North team.

Petersburg’s Jacob Hartman’s 37-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter was wiped off due to a penalty.


It was the fourth straight victory for the North in the annual contest.