Dre Hutchinson pulls down an interception during the first half of Thursday's 22-21 win by the South.
Dre Hutchinson pulls down an interception during the first half of Thursday's 22-21 win by the South.

Tribe pair shines during All-Star game

Published 3:15pm Saturday, July 20, 2013

MONTGOMERY — Wetumpka High football’s Johnathon Neely and Dre Hutchinson had their final moments under the lights Thursday night. The two made the most of it as the South defeated the North 22-21 in the AHSAA All-Star week finale.

Neeley finished with three tackles, one for a loss and two solo. Hutchinson recorded one tackle, but came down with a pair of interceptions.

Thursday’s win marked the second time the South’s hand was raised (volleyball earlier that afternoon) as the North picked up baseball, softball and soccer wins.

With the way Thursday’s game started, it looked like the North was going to cruise to a football victory after racing out to a 21-0 lead. The rush to the front was highlighted by a Na’Vante Williams (Decatur, and the night’s MVP) interception on a screen pass returned 45-yards for the touchdown.

Things changed after the break as the South took control late in the third period and didn’t let go.

Johnathan Neely elevates a North running back.
Johnathan Neely elevates a North running back.

The turnaround was actually triggered by a Hutchinson interception.

On the first possession following the turnover Airion McRae (Clarke County) raced into the end zone from 18 yards out.

The score was followed by 27-yard field goal by Cole Travis (Saraland).

Philbert Martial (McGill-Toolen) stepped in front of a North pass for a 30-yard touchdown return cutting the tally to 21-16. With 5:32 left to play, the South went on a 5:01 march, using 16 plays and moving 77 yards. Conner Cramer (Alma Bryant) completed two passes late, one to Terry Toler (Dadeville) down to the North 11. He dropped back again on fourth-and-five and completed the game-winning pass to Alphonso Stewart (Robertsdale, and the South MVP) for the win.

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