After a slow start and some early mistakes, the North Squad got its all-star act together and stitched a 28-14 win over the South in Friday night’s 15th annual Wrangler Bowl at Chieftain Stadium in Seminole.


After a slow start and some early mistakes, the North Squad got its all-star act together and stitched a 28-14 win over the South in Friday night’s 15th annual Wrangler Bowl at Chieftain Stadium in Seminole.
The North team, which featured players who just graduated from Shawnee, Tecumseh, Meeker, Bethel, Prague and several other area high schools in recent days, didn’t achieve a first down until its third possession and fumbled the ball away on the very next play.
On the North’s second possession, a 4th-and-4 at its own 26-yard line brought a punting situation. The ball was snapped over Shawnee kicker Nick Carter’s head. Carter made a couple of failed attempts to retrieve the ball and Justin Lena of Seminole recovered it in the end zone to give the South a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, however, the North started handing the ball to Wellston running back Anthony Clewis, who found a lot of success against the South’s defensive front.
Clewis didn’t have a single rush in the first quarter but ran for 46 yards and two touchdowns on eight second-quarter carries. The TDs were from 4 and 14 yards. Clewis finished with 79 yards on 12 rushes and caught one fourth-quarter pass for seven yards. The output earned Clewis the North’s offensive Most Valuable Player award.
Between the North scores, the South got its first offensive touchdown as Konawa’s Dylan Terry found Steven Graham of Wewoka in the right corner of the end zone for a 27-yard TD.
With the score tied at 14 at halftime, the North took control in the second half. Taking advantage of a South fumble in the opening  possession of the third quarter, the North went 40 yards in five plays. Shawnee’s Jordan McLain punched it in with a one-yard touchdown run. Carter’s extra point gave the North a 21-14 lead.
Carter went 4-for-4 on extra points.
The North’s most impressive scoring drive was its last. It took 16 plays, covered 86 yards and burned a lot of time off the fourth-quarter clock.
The big play was a crowd-pleasing “hook and lateral” that covered 32 yards when the North was deep in its own territory. From the 8-yard line, Stroud quarterback Beau Hubbard threw a strike to Shawnee’s Jordan Robbins about 10 yards down the field. Robbins immediately flipped it to his Wolves teammate, McLain, who ran it to the 40. The North finished the drive with a 17-yard TD pass from Hubbard to Wellston’s Brian Flanagan in the left corner of the end zone.
The North finished with 120 yards on 34 rushes, while the South runners went 39 yards on 23 tries.
The passing game was pretty even, statistically. Hubbard, the only QB on the North roster, hit 7 of 14 passes for 116 yards, but gave up two interceptions.
The South’s primary signal-caller, Dylan Terry of Konawa, was good on 9 of 17 passes for 117 yards and also had two picked off. The South’s John Choate of Sasakwa completed 2 of 4 passes for 12 yards and one interception.
Individually, David Woodruff of Okmulgee gave the North 20 yards on 11 rushes and Matthew Mackey of Wellston contributed 16 yards on four carries.
The South’s leading rusher was Keeslar Stover of Ada with 34 yards on eight carries.
Along with Clewis on offense, the North had Josh Standlee of Meeker as its defensive MVP. Taking honors for the South were Wewoka receiver Seven Graham on offense and Seminole’s Lena on defense.