CENTERVILLE — After a touchdown by Butler’s Noah Ballard gave the North a 17-0 cushion, it appeared they might cruise to a win in the 33rd Annual Miami Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Football Game.
Instead, a defensive stand in the final minutes helped preserve the win for the North in the game that formally ends the high school playing careers for its participants.
The Aviators only had two players on the team, but they made critical contributions to the victory.
In addition to his touchdown, Ballard unofficially caught eight passes for 156 yards while teammate Chandler Craine completed 23 of 33 passes for 482 yards, a touchdown along with an interception.
The North’s final score came after Craine and Ballard hooked up for a 52-yard completion that then set up a touchdown pass from Craine to Northridge’s Drew Ogletree that proved to be the game winner.
The win didn’t come without drama, however, as the South got the ball back on their own 10-yard line with two minutes to play but couldn’t mount a rally.
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