2015 UP All Star Football Game on Saturday, June 27th, on 103.3 WFXD and 92.7 WRPP

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015 – Superior Dome, Marquette, MI – It was a gorgeous, sunny summer day when the best high school football players from all around the UP were slated to meet in the UP All Star Football Game at the Superior Dome in Marquette, MI. A little bit different from other years, the division for the two teams was a North/South split. All the best graduating seniors were there to take to the field and try for glory one more time before heading off to college. As usual, the players from both teams checked into Maynard Hall, on the NMU Campus, where they spent the week preparing for the game. The kids at Bay Cliff Health Camp even got to meet the players from the all star teams, who spent a day at the camp, mingling with kids and helping out wherever needed. Proceeds from the event were donated to charities like the Beacon House in Marquette, the UP Sports Hall of Fame scholarship program, and many other fine charities.

The game started with the North kicking off to the South. Andy Cooper kicked-off to start the game with a long, booming kick which was returned to the 15 yard line. The South made good use of the wildcat formation, running the ball up the sides of the field for two straight first downs. A loose ball gave the North a chance to gain control of the ball, but the South was able to recover for a slight gain in yards. The South was unable to score on the first drive, and the North took over the ball close to their 25 yard line. The North then drove down the field, but they were unable to convert any points. Andy Cooper intercepted a pass from the South quarterback to give control to the North, and Andy Cooper finished off what he started with a diving catch to score the first touchdown of the game with just seconds left in the first quarter. Before the first quarter ended, the North team was able to force a fumble from the South team, and the North recovered on the 5-yard line of the South.

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2015 UP All Star Football Game on Saturday, June 27th, on 103.3 WFXD and 92.7 WRPP

First Quarter Score:
North: 7
South: 0

The quarter began with the North in control of the ball, after recovering a fumbled ball from the South. The North was able to finish off the drive, scoring another touchdown to make the score 14-0, early in the second quarter. The penalties began to mount as the quarter progressed, and the action continued to be intense. A horse-collar and illegal procedure penalties were issued, and both team sensed the need to reign in their play. The South was able to score a touchdown, but they missed the extra point, which made the score 14-6, still in favor of the North. Some strong defense from the South team put a stop to a long drive from the North with five minutes left in the first half. Austin Kelto came into the game as quarterback for the North with just over two minutes left in the half, and he hoped to hold off the South’s strong defense to score another touchdown. However, the South held off the North, but they gained control of the ball on their own three yard line, in dangerous territory.  Ryan Antilla intercepted a pitched ball from the South’s quarterback, which gave the ball back to the North.  Thanks to the intercepted pitch, the North was able to score another touchdown to make the score 21-6 with just over one minute to play in the first half.

2015 UP All Star Football Game on Saturday, June 27th, on 103.3 WFXD and 92.7 WRPP

2015 UP All Star Football Game on Saturday, June 27th, on 103.3 WFXD and 92.7 WRPP

Second Quarter Score:
North: 21
South: 6

In an unusual turn of events, the North again started the half by kicking-off to the South. A defensive encroachment penalty on fourth down gave the South another chance to move the ball down the field. The South continued their drive deep into the third quarter, eating-up over nine minutes of clock time. At the end of that huge drive, the South were able to score a touchdown, but the point after kick was again no good, which made the score 21-12 in favor of the North. Despite the strong opening of the North team, they fumbled the ball on the kickoff, giving the ball back to the South on their own 32 yard line. Capitalizing on the North’s errors, the South all star team scored another touchdown and this time they completed the extra point to make the score 21-19. The South again was able to score another touchdown, which gave them their first lead by a score of 25-21, after a good extra point conversion.

2015 UP All Star Football Game on Saturday, June 27th, on 103.3 WFXD and 92.7 WRPP

2015 UP All Star Football Game on Saturday, June 27th, on 103.3 WFXD and 92.7 WRPP

Third Quarter Score:
North: 25
South: 21

The final quarter of action began with the action swinging back and forth between the North and the South, with the North all star team ahead. Thanks to the strong offense demonstrated by the North, they were able to take the lead by a score of 35-25 with just over four minutes left in the game. They kicked-off to the South, and they were able to make a big return to continue the pressure on the North all star team. The North kept the pressure on for the rest of the game, and they were able to hold off the last attempts of the South.

2015 UP All Star Football Game on Saturday, June 27th, on 103.3 WFXD and 92.7 WRPP

2015 UP All Star Football Game on Saturday, June 27th, on 103.3 WFXD and 92.7 WRPP

Final Game Score:
North: 35
South: 25

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