WYANDOTTE — Scoring more points than they had gotten in the three previous meetings, the North rolled to a 48-13 victory over the South in the 49th annual Wyandotte Lions Senior Bowl football game.
The game, played Monday, May 15, was called with about 90 seconds left in the third quarter because of an injury to the South’s Eddy Holgvin.
The lopsided victory was the first by the North since a 32-12 decision in 2012.
They had scored 39 points in the previous three meetings — 12, 13 and 14 — and managed only two touchdowns in the 2013 meeting.
The North used the tandem of Wyandotte’ Braxton Douthit, Brandon Brown and Carson Loncarich and Gunner Hudson of Afton to break out to a 20-0 lead.
Douthit lobbed an 18-yard TD pass to Brown on the eighth play of the game.
Douthit then went to Loncarich 3:38 later with a 25-yard strike five plays after another former Bear — Tristan Frazier — recovered a fumble by quarterback Jess Robbins of Oaks.
Hudson, who played at Wyandotte as a freshman and sophomore, pushed the score to 20-0 with a 2-yard run 48 seconds into the second period.
The South stemmed the bleeding when Dillan Miller of Grove snagged a 5-yard touchdown pass from Robbins with 8:02 until intermission.
The PAT kick by Tommy Heatherly of Grove reduced the North lead to 20-7.
The North countered by getting two touchdowns in four minutes when Gabe Mustain of Afton caught a 39-yard pass from Douthit at 5:48 and Hudson bulled in from the 3 with 1:47 until the break.
Both times Douthit converted on the extra points, hitting lineman Donnie Brown of Commerce and Hunter Anderson of Wyandotte with passes to hike the score to 36-7.
Heatherly nailed a game-record 43-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining.
He lined up to attempt a 57-yard try in the third quarter, but it turned out to be a trick play with Robbins throwing an incomplete pass.
The North then embarked on a six-play, 61-yard drive that was capped by a 45-yard option pass from Loncarich to Brown.
A pass for the conversion was incomplete.
What turned out to be the final 20 seconds of the game was a wild as Heatherly converted on a 30-yard field goal then Hudson returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.
A pass for the conversion was incomplete to create the final 35-point margin.
The North generated 329 yards in total offense, including 204 via the air as Douthit and Loncarich combined to complete 11 of 14 passes.
Brown, one of Douthit’s favorite targets in a season that saw the Bears reach the second round of the 2A playoffs, caught five passes for 87 yards.
Mustain and Loncarich each had two receptions while Tristan Frazier had one.
Hudson finished with 92 yards on 10 rushing attempts. Brown added 26 on two tries and Douthit chipped in with 17 yards on nine carries.
The South managed only 117 yards in total offense.
Jarnell Potter of Kansas was the South’s leading rusher with 26 yards on six carries. Seven of the South’s rushing plays were for losses totaling 25 yards.
Robbins completed four of his nine pass attempts for 70 yards.
Frazier and Kolton Phillips of Westville were named the MVPs of their respective teams.
North 48, South 13
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North;14;22;12 — 48
North — Brown 18 pass from Douthit (pass failed), 8:35
North — Loncarich 25 pass from Douthit (Hudson run), 4:44
North — Hudson 2 run (pass failed), 11:12
South — Miller 5 pass from Robbins (Heatherly kick), 8:02
North — Mustain 39 pass from Douthit (Brown pass from Douthit), 5:48
South — FG, Heatherly 43, :09
North — Brown 45 pass from Loncarich (pass failed), 5:31
South — FG, Heatherly 30, 2:40
North — Hudson 96 kickoff return (pass failed), 2:20
RUSHING — South, Potter 6-26, Skelton 1-19, Phillips 5-9, Holgvin 4-7, Lococo 1-2, Miller 2-(-1), Robbins 6-(-15). North, Hudson 10-92, Brown 2-26, Douthit 9-7.
PASSING — South, Robbins 4-9-0-70. North, Douthit 10-13-0-159, Loncarich 1-1-0-45.
RECEIVING — South, Holgvin 1-36, Lococo 1-21, Phillips 1-8, Miller 1-8. North, Brown 5-87, Mustain 2-53, Loncarich 2-25, Frazier 1-25, Hurst 1-14.