North defeats South 31-17

By Daniel Winningham
No matter what level of football contest — professional, collegiate, high school, etc. — the team with the fewest turnovers typically stands the best chance to win the game.

That was the case in the 25th annual West Central Illinois All-Star Football Game at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School June 25.

The North took advantage of five turnovers by the South — four interceptions and two turnovers on downs on failed fourth down attempts — on its way to a 31-17 victory in a game that was called early due to thunder and lightning.

The South struck first as Carlinville’s Brendan Stewart hauled in a short pass, eluded defenders and ran down the east sideline for an 85-yard touchdown. The score came on the South’s first play from scrimmage after it opened up on defense and promptly forced a three-and-out.

Following a block in the back penalty that put the South deep on its own side of the field, quarterback Aaron Womack of Alton High School quickly found Stewart, who reached the end zone.

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