BERWYN - The North snapped a two-game losing streak with a 17-10 victory over the South in the 8th Annual Valor Bowl, a Chester County senior football all-star game, at Conestoga High School last Wednesday night.
Phoenixville's Travis Ford-Bey scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the third period to help the North break a 3-3 halftime deadlock. Ford-Bey carried four times for 27 yards and played the entire game along the defensive line.
Ford-Bey's burst through the right side capped a 16 play, 80-yard drive that consumed all but two plays of the third quarter.
"I was real excited about that," Ford-Bey said of the touchdown. "The offensive line and everybody did a good job of blowing up the defense and pushing them back. It was a good feeling to get in the end zone.
"I didn't get off the field at all (on defense). I am real tired."
Phantom teammate Bill Shirk divided time at quarterback with Great Valley's Anthony Parker-Boyd.
"We basically ran all the time," Shirk said. "It worked. C.J. (Gray) did a nice job and (Spring-Ford fullback Chris) Pettine did a good job blocking."
Shirk said it was a good learning experience to play in the game that benefits the Special Olympics.
"It was good for next year," Shirk said. "The difference will be speed from high school. It is a matter of getting used to speed. It was a good group of guys and fun."
Coatesville's C.J. Gray scampered 27-yards around right end for the game-winning touchdown with 3:29 left in the fourth period. He scored on a first-down play after a shanked punt.
Spring-Ford's Mike McGrory played safety for the North and broke up a pass. He also helped handle kick return duties. The Rams' Russell Valerio saw some time at defensive tackle.
Lineman Antoine Jones of Coatesville took home the North MVP award on defense.
The South awards went to quarterback Ian Mitchell of Malvern Prep on offense and lineman Chris Medina of Kennett on defense.
The North took a 3-0 lead with 3:55 left in the first period on a 35-yard field goal by Bishop Shanahan's Jack Holmes.
The South tied it at the 9:38 mark of the second quarter on a 34-yard field goal by Unionville's Dave Shultz.
The South's touchdown came from Avon Grove's Javan Sanders on a 4-yard run through the left side with 8:54 remaining in the fourth period to tie the game at 10-all.
The mobile Parker-Boyd rushed nine times for 52 yards.
The Red Raiders' Gray, a fleet 5-foot-6, 160-pounder, toted the ball 15 times for 101 yards.
Coatesville head coach Tom Nichols, head coach of the North squad, accepted the Ben Crisi Valor Bowl Award trophy, which goes to the winning coach and team.
Downingtown East star quarterback Pat Devlin, who will be attending Penn State University, bypassed the game and would have played for the North side. Devlin will compete in the annual Big 33 game later this month.
North 17, South 10
South 0 3 0 7-10
North 3 0 7 7-17
N-Holmes 35 FG
S-Shultz 34 FG
N-Ford-Bey 5 run (Holmes kick)
S-Sanders 4 run (Shultz kick)
N-Gray 27 run (Holmes kick)
First downs 12 11
Yards rushing 76 223
Yards passing 114 0
Total yards 190 223
Passing 7-16-0 0-7-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties 3-15 7-45
Punts-Avg 4-30 3-45
RUSHING-South: Mitchell 6-43; Sanders 8-27, 1 TD; Adams 9-14; Baker 1-3; Herb 2 -(-11). North: Gray 15-102, 1 TD; Parker-Boyd 9-52; Ford-Bey 5-31 1 TD; Pettine 4-19; Alston 6-18; Burney 1-3; Shirk 2 -(-2).
PASSING-South: Mitchell 2-4, 57 yards; Herb 3-5, 40 yards, Charlton 2-7, 17 yards. North: Parker-Boyd 0-5, Shirk 0-2.
RECEIVING-South: Clarke 3-72, Womack 3-30, Luby 1-8.