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Inaugural matchup a hit on both sides

Flag football Senior All-Star Game at Countryside resembled more of a prom celebration at times.

By CHRIS GIRANDOLA
Published May 10, 2007


CLEARWATER - With music blaring and players on the sidelines often dancing, the inaugural flag football Senior All-Star Game at Countryside resembled more of a prom celebration.

But the action on the field Wednesday proved the trial run might become permanent.

"It was wonderful to play with other players from other teams like (Gibbs quarterback Kim Goldberg), " Lakewood senior Kquanise Byrd said after the South's 26-18 victory over the North. "Both sides were real competitive and it was fun to end the season and my career like this."

Byrd rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown to earn the Player of the Game award. Her Lakewood teammate, Innekia Reedy, scored two rushing touchdowns, including one on a 70-yard bob-and-weave run that gave the South a 26-12 lead, and took home South MVP honors.

The South went into halftime with a 12-7 lead after Countryside quarterback Tarryne Rogers found Pinellas Park receiver Rose Ledlie in the left corner of the end zone for a North score.

But early in the third quarter, Reedy took one in from the 1-yard line to put the South up 13-12. Two plays later, Byrd intercepted a deep pass by Rogers and scored to put the South up for good.

Despite the loss, Rogers, who also starred in volleyball and basketball for the Cougars, thought the game was a step in the right direction.

"I'm glad this was put together by (Countryside coach Pierce Brunson), " said Rogers (North MVP), who plans to compete on an 18-and-over team in college. "This was a great way for us to end our careers. It was fun but more competitive than I thought it would be. This gives the underclassmen something to look forward to and it's something we can be proud that we helped start."