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June 29, 2013

High school football: Berg, Rickert, Young shine for South

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT -- Danville's Bret Berg gave all the credit after the District 4 North-South All-Star Game game to his quarterbacks.

"All I had to do was run under it to get it, really nothing on my part," the recent graduate said.

Still, Berg made it look all too easy as a receiver Friday night.

So trailing by four early in the fourth quarter, South quarterback Jordan Thiverege of Central Columbia looked down the right sideline, saw Berg just ahead of his defender and let it go.

Berg reeled in the 48-yard reception and trotted into the end zone with arms outstretched, giving the South the go-ahead score against the North in the 23rd annual exhibition at Rodney K. Morgans Stadium. From there, the South never looked back, scoring twice more in the fourth quarter en route to a 45-28 win over the North.

"They took the lead there, 28-24, but after that there really was no looking back," said Line Mountain's Cole Rickert, a South quarterback. "(Shamokin's Andrew Hasuga) had a big interception. We scored some touchdowns; Thiverege threw me a nice ball. Bret Berg played an amazing game, and we just put it all together in the fourth quarter and did it."

Berg played phenomenal for the South, earning MVP honors with a 177-yard performance on just three receptions, including two touchdowns.

Shamokin's Mike Yucha was named the South's Defensive Player of the Game by recording five tackles and five assists. Rickert was named the South's Offensive Player of the Game with 21 passing yards, 47 receiving yards and a touchdown and 7 yards rushing and a score.

The North's Offensive Player of the Game was Athens' Ray McDougan, who had a receiving touchdown and a kickoff return. The North's Defensive Player of the Game was Athens' Mike Estes.

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