Northeast running back Timothy King made no bones about it when the game was over.
“It was time to get paid and time to make a big play,” he said.
And that’s exactly what King did when the 5-9, 225-pound fullback bulled up the middle and scored a 6-yard touchdown with 8:27 left in the game that ultimately gave the North All-Stars a 14-13 victory over the South in the 16th Annual BCAA All-Star Classic played for the first time away from Lockhart Stadium with Nova High School serving as the host site.
King then watched Northeast teammate Tavius Jones come up with an even bigger play when he darted around the left side and blocked Cooper City kicker Jeremy Moss’ 52-yard field-goal attempt with 12 seconds left to secure the win.
“I got in there quick and got a clean look,” Jones said. “It felt great to make a big play to help my team come up with the big win.”
The North leads the series 10-6. King, who finished the night with 30 yards on seven carries and the go-ahead touchdown, was voted the game’s Otis Gray Most Valuable Player.
“Just a terrific effort by the kids to stay the course in the second half and get things turned around,” Coral Glades and North All-Stars coach Jeff Mathis said. “We needed a break to get things turned around and got it when we got that big turnover.”
The big turnover Mathis referred to came early in the fourth quarter. Punting from its own end zone, North punter Corey Lustig of Douglas got off a booming punt that started to die at the South 40. But when Hallandale’s Hussien Gordon tried to scoop it up and take off, he fumbled and the North recovered.
Five plays later, Taravella quarterback Lorenzo Jerome scrambled and completed a pass to Lustig for a 23-yard gain down to the 6. King then went over for the winning score.
After a frustrating first half that saw them squander three red-zone chances with an interception, missed field goal and bad-snap field-goal attempt, the South found itself trailing 8-0 at halftime.
But even after Gordon’s 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half was called back for a hold, the South still had a short field at the North 30 and quickly went down and scored to tie it on Nova quarterback Michael Flood’s 6-yard run around the left side. After a successful two point conversion tied it, the South took a 10-8 lead just one minute later when Stranahan’s Marquise Lloyd-Dawson tackled Cardinal Gibbons’ Michael Ferguson in the end zone for a safety.
The South then took advantage of a short field off the ensuing free kick and turned that into a 13-8 lead when Moss nailed a 32-yard field goal with 4:56 left in the third.
Jerome (seven rushes, 45 yards, 4 of 7 passing for 64 yards) was named the North’s Outstanding Offensive Player while Douglas’ Romary Corneille (one interception, seven tackles) was the North’s Outstanding Defensive Player.
A pair of Dillard players, running back Dre’Sean Nelson (nine carries, 43 yards) and defensive lineman Patrick Foy (two sacks) were named Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players for the South, respectively.
With the football season wrapping up this weekend in Orlando, some of the state’s best boys’ basketball teams will clash in Weston this weekend.