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LYNN – Behind three turnovers and a solid passing game, Team North beat South by a score of 28-6 in the 59th Agganis All-Star Game at Manning Field on Wednesday night.
Arlington Catholic quarterback Paul Hammond took home MVP honors for the winning Northern team, completing 9 of 15 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Bishop Fenwick quarterback Chrys Wilson has threw two touchdown passes in the victory.
Bishop Fenwick’s Jake Connolly, Catholic Memorial’s Zach Mitchell and Arlington Catholic’s Immanuel Osgood each had a touchdown, while Lynnfield’s Jack Ford caught four passes for 56 yards.
Ryan Hovermale of Winthrop took home MVP honors for Team South, leading the defense with 10 tackles. Peabody’s Brandon Pszenny caught the only touchdown pass of the game, which was thrown by Winthrop’s Duke Doherty.
The North got off to a great start, scoring a backpack in the game’s first practice to bring the ball deep into the South’s territory. The North then took the opportunity, completing a 19-yard pass from Hammond to Ford to set up a four-yard touchdown run from Mitchell to make it 6-0 North.
The South did not gain real momentum until their third offensive practice of the game. After taking over from his own 49 with 1:15 left in the first quarter, Doherty hit Peabody’s Jonathan Teixeira for a 22-yard pass to approach the red zone. Three games later, Doherty joined Pszenny on a 26-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 6-6.
But the North responded right away, getting some nice runs from KIPP’s Daniel Oluwasuyi before Mitchell scored his second touchdown of the game – this time on a 22-yard pass from Wilson – to bring the score to 13-6 North at half-time.
The second half went largely uneventful until the end of the third quarter, when Wilson connected with teammate Fenwick Connolly on a 40-yard bomb to make it a two-point game at 21-6 with 2:55 to go in the frame.
After recovering a fumble in the ensuing kick-off, the North turned around and roamed the field for another score – this time on a 12-yard connection from Hammond to Osgood – to bring the score to 28-6 at the end of the third quarter. .
The score stayed there the rest of the way, as the North continued to play dominant defense en route to seal victory.
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The Nord team poses for a photo after beating South 28-6 in the 59th Agganis All-Star soccer game on Wednesday night. (Article photo: Julia Hopkins)
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