TERRE HAUTE -- The Wabash Valley Coaches' All-Star game proved to be a tale of two halves on Saturday evening.
A crowd of approximately 3,000 fans saw the North squad come out with what could have proved to be a haymaker of a first quarter, getting touchdowns from Northview's Jered Timm, an 18-yard TD catch thrown by Marshall, Ill. Travis Johnson. North Putnam's Kyle Rooker powered in for a two-yard run with 16 seconds left in the quarter for a 14-0 lead.
Meanwhile, South couldn't get on track offensively during the first half.
North's defense held its opponents without a first down until just one minute remained in the first half.
South's final drive of the half got them to the one-yard line, but a forced fumble by Casey's Luc Yates kept South out of the endzone and seemed to sum up the team's offensive woes.
North's punt went to Terre Haute South's Koby Kraemer, who broke free for a 34-yard return down to North's 39-yard line.
Kraemer hauled in a pass from Red Hill's Chris Wampler for a five-yard TD grab on the seventh play of the drive to get within 14-8 after Palestine-Hutsonville's Ryan Roberts ran in the conversion.
North, whose quarterback, Johnson, was lost due to an apparent broken wrist, went three-and-out once again on the following drive.
South took advantage once again thanks to Kramer, one of at least nine Indiana State recruits.
The former Brave grabbed a 35-yard reception from Roberts, whose conversion run put the South up 16-14.
South Putnam's Josh Sanders got the ball back quickly for the South via interception and Wampler found Brad Padgett for a TD pass and a third Roberts' conversion made the score 24-14.
The third quarter wasn't completely a loss for the North side as Cumberland's Kenny Flood drove his team 65-yards for a score when Terre Haute North's Brandon Dorsett made a pivotal 27-yard TD catch.
The fourth quarter started out well for the North too as Northview's Timm made a 34-yard catch to set up Flood's 14-yard scramble for a TD with 8:29 remaining in the game. The score put North up 27-24 and set up a final comeback for South.
Fittingly, after three, two-point conversion runs by Roberts helped give South a lead in the third quarter, it was the Palestine-Hutsonville athlete that made the plays.
In the final 75-yard drive, Roberts ran six times and eventually scored the eventual winning TD on a one-yard run with 3:45 remaining.
North made a final charge, moving the chains for a pair of first downs, but Kraemer picked off a pass with under a minute remaining to seal the victory for the South.
The Northview Knights were represented by Jared Staley, Dylan Kruse, Nick Lancaster, Timm and Tyler Coltharp.
Five scholarships were awarded during the week for players with Roberts and Rooker each being selected by their teammates.
Linton's Ethan Brewer and Cumberland's Kye Butler were selected by the coaches and Kyle Fahey of Rockville was awarded the first Brett Eitel Memorial Scholarship for his academic work.
South All-Stars 32, North All-Stars 27
North -- Jered Timm (Nv) 18-yard pass reception from Travis Johnson (Marshall), Josh Dunckel (Casey) kick, 10:51
North -- Kyle Rooker (N.Putnam) two-yard run, Dunckel kick; 0:16
South -- Koby Kraemer (THS) five-yard pass reception from Chris Wampler (Red Hill), Ryan Roberts (Hut. Palestine) run; 7:01
South -- Kraemer 35-yard pass reception from Roberts, Roberts run; 3:32
South -- Brad Padgett (Red Hill) 35-yard pass reception from Wampler, Roberts run; 3:08
North -- Brandon Dorsett (THN) 27-yard pass reception from Kenny Flood (Cumberland), kick blocked; 0:43
North -- Flood 14-yard run, Dunckel kick, 8:29
South -- Roberts one-yard run, Nick Straka (Red Hill) kick; 3:45
North -- Rooker (N.Putnam)10-25, Flood (Cumb.) 4-15, Jake Peters (Cumb.) 3-6, Grant Mitchell (R.Parke) 3-6, Johnson (Marshall) 4-4, John Garvin (THN) 2-(-8); South -- Roberts (Hut. Palestine) 12-75, Wampler (Red Hill) 6-22, Paul Miller (Olney) 5-15, Josh Kincaid (Robinson) 4-9, Straka 2-8, Kraemer (THS) 3-8.
North -- Flood 12-18-2 146 yards; Johnson 8-14-0 114 yards; Garvin 0-1-0 0 yards; Rooker 0-1-0 0 yards. South -- Wampler 8-17-0 113 yards; Roberts 1-5-0 35 yards.
North -- Dorsett 6-56, Daniel Martin (Rockville) 4-54, Timm 3-71, Alan Wolter (Marshall) 3-31, Rooker 2-31, Kye Butler (Cumb.) 2-17. South -- Kraemer 6-87, B.Padgett 1-35, Michael Woodsmall (N.Central) 1-20, Zach McVaigh (Olney) 1-6