Back in December, players from the North Shore walked off the football field at Bentley University elated when St. John’s Prep beat Brockton in the Division 1 Super Bowl held there.
Saturday, the South’s players were the ones walking off victorious, as they handed the North a 21-7 defeat in the 35th Shriners All-Star Football Classic.
The annual spring football game features all-star senior football players from all over the state, with proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. Beverly’s Dan Bauer, fresh off the Panthers’ second Super Bowl title in three years, served as head coach for the North.
Quincy High’s Jalen Green scored a touchdown was named Offensive MVP for the winners while Brockton’s Auggie Roberts was South Defensive MVP after he made an interception near the end zone that helped his team hold a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Haverhill running back Chance Brady ran for over 100 yards and was Offensive MVP for the North. Defensive MVP honors went to St. Mark’s linebacker Mark Upton.
The North had a ferocious effort up front on defense, led in part by Beverly’s Mike Dooling and Masconomet’s Sean Antonuccio, but fell victim to a long touchdown run by Green and trailed 14-0 at halftime.
Barnstable quarterback Nick Peabody threw two TDs for the South, which built a 21-0 lead before Lowell’s Cam Latta connected with Shawsheen’s Devonn Pratt for a score to break the shutout.
Beverly’s Brendan Flaherty played in the game for the North, as did Marblehead’s Ty Bates and Ian Maag, and St. John’s Prep’s Alex Moore and James Fagan.