BILLINGS – This game will remembered for the catch.
A spectacular, one-handed grab at the back of the end zone that propelled the South team to a 25-12 win over the North in the Montana Big Sky Class B All-Star Game Friday night at Herb Klindt Field.
It was an all-star catch in an all-star game.
South defeats North, 25-12, in the Class B All-Star football game at Herb Klindt Field at Rocky Mountain College on Friday.
There was just one slight problem from the participant.
“I don’t remember much of it,” said Wyatt Alexander of Whitehall of the fourth-down play.
Trailing 12-6 in the third quarter, the South moved to the six-yard line on the legs of Wyatt Selman, Nate Brunett and Dalton Herbst. Selman finished with 108 yards rushing, all in the second half.
South quarterback Tylan Croy rolled to his right and floated a six-yard touchdown pass to Alexander, who was at the back of the end zone.
Alexander, who will play for Montana Tech this fall, reached high with his right hand and brought the ball down in a crowd of defenders for the go-ahead score.
“I was supposed to run a backside ghost route,” explained Alexander of starting on the left side and coming across to the right. “Then it became slow motion.
“He threw it up and I put my hand up to catch it. The next thing I know, there are people everywhere. I just came down and handed the ball to the ref. I was surrounded.”
Alexander also caught a five-yard slant pass for a score in the fourth quarter. That came after having a sharp 23-yard touchdown catch on the left side of the end zone waved off because of a penalty.
“I wasn’t too upset,” he said of the play being erased. “We were driving and I knew we were going to score.”
Croy, unofficially, finished 25 of 40 passing for 270 yards and was selected the offensive MVP for the South team.
“He puts it where it needs to be,” said Alexander of the Huntley Project quarterback.
Croy also had a five-yard scoring pass to Red Devils’ teammate Keenan Reynolds and ran for a score late in the game.
Braden Smith of Whitehall was selected the defensive MVP for the South. He partially blocked a punt, recovered a fumble and had an interception to end the North’s final possession.
The North scored both their touchdowns in the second quarter on back-to-back possessions.
Quarterback Scott Twite of Missoula Loyola found Florence’s Jethro Thorne for scoring plays of 29 and 51 yards, both on the right side.
Twite was chosen the North offensive MVP, while Dax Miller of Florence was the defensive MVP.
The South defense limited the North to just 17 yards in total offense in the second half. Easton Hatfield had two tackles for loss and combined on a quarterback sack with Merlin Whitedirt, while Nathan Rasch and Dalton Lemburg also registered quarterback sacks for the South.
“We had to think back of what we prepared for,” said Alexander of the South trailing in the first half. “What we prepared for on offense, defense and special teams.”
Six different players from the South caught passes, including Cal Holgate who had seven catches for 51 yards. Brunett added 61 yards rushing.
Twite finished 7 of 17 passing for 143 yards. Jace Sorenson and Darrin Wersal also had interceptions for the North.
NOTES: The series is tied 15-15 … Clint Judisch of Conrad (North) and Dawson Hoerauf of Whitehall (South) were awarded $500 scholarships … The South elected to wear the white jerseys after winning the annual watermelon race.