Thompson, Helena, Spain Park players perform well in North-South All-Star Game

Published 3:19 pm Monday, December 18, 2023

By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

MOBILE – Players from Thompson, Helena and Spain Park had the honor of representing the North at this year’s North-South All-Star Game at Hancock-Whitney Stadium on Friday, Dec. 15.

While the South All-Stars walked away with the tight 31-28 win, Thompson’s Jayden Davis and Deuce Oliver, Helena’s Jordan Washington and Nate Thomason and Spain Park’s Jonathan Bibbs and coach Tim Vakakes all did their part to give their team a chance to win the game late.

On the North’s second drive of the game, Bibbs caught a 34-yard pass, the longest of the game, from Hewitt-Trussville quarterback Peyton Floyd to get down to the 16-yard line, and Floyd found the end zone on the next play for the first touchdown of the game.

Throughout the game, county players helped drive the offense down the field and helped the North score four touchdowns. Washington took five carries for 34 yards on the ground, and Oliver had three catches for 39 yards.

Over on defense, Davis earned a sack as he and Thomason made an impact for the North.

However, with the game tied late in the fourth quarter, Daphne’s Nick Clark and Davidson’s DJ Butler led a successful drive for the South that ended with a game-winning field goal by Nick Peerson, sealing the 31-28 victory.

Clark was the MVP for the South after rushing for 102 yards and two touchdowns off 14 carries, while Oneonta’s Da’Marion Bothwell won the North MVP award.

The win for the South All-Stars was their second in a row and extends their series lead to 35-28-2.