South Silences North to Win Montco All-Star Game

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 By Scott Huff
SOUDERTON – Football is the ultimate team game.
And when the South All Stars dismantled the North All Stars 24-0 in the 2009 Montgomery County All Star Game played at Souderton High School – the best team clearly won the game.
“We played with a common goal – to win the game,” said Abington senior Dominick Massey who caught two touchdown passes and was selected the South’s MVP at the conclusion of the game. “We only had two weeks to prepare, but the coaches did a great job of getting us ready.”
“We developed quite a brotherhood,” said Upper Merion quarterback Alex Phanthavong – who threw the two TD passes to Massey. “We forgot all the rivalries that existed on our team, and we played together.”
“This team came together quick,” said winning coach Bret Stover – head coach at Upper Dublin High School. “This has to be one of their greatest senior experiences.”
The South took control of the game in the first half as it scored 17 points.
A huge play in the game came when Germantown Academy’s Tim Vernon intercepted a pass and returned it 33 yards to the North’s 25-yard line.
Five plays later, Phanthavong tossed a 13-yard TD pass to Massey on a fade pattern as the Kutztown-bound wide out snatched the ball in the corner of the end zone.
The Phanthavong-to-Massey connection worked again in the second quarter, This time it was a bullet pass from the former Viking quarterback that hit Massey in stride for the score.
“I really didn’t have a good two weeks of practice,” admitted Phanthavong. “And I wanted to step up my game during the game, and he was the biggest target I could find.”
The final score of the half came when Cheltenham place kicker Jake Smith boomed a 30-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the half.
The second half was difficult to watch as numerous penalties and a lack of offensive production led to a long final two quarters.
“The game got a little crazy,” said North Penn wide out Ronnie Akins who was named MVP of the North squad with 101 receiving yards. 
The final score of the game came when South quarterback Derek Giannetti – from Upper Dublin – found Mikhail Reed – from Cheltenham – on a 10-yard scoring pass in the fourth period.
The game was the last scholastic football game for all those who played. 
The North players were off the field moments after the post game ceremonies were presented. But for the South players, the time after the game was spent on the field, taking pictures with their newly formed team mates.
“This was a lot of fun,” said a smiling Massey clutching his MVP plaque. “I will always remember this game.”
EXTRA POINTS: The procceds of the all-star game, which is sponsored by the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club, benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation.
South All Stars 7 10 0 7 - 24
North All Stars 0    0 0 0 -   0
S: Massey 13 pass from Phanthavong (Smith kick)
S: Massey 11 pass from Phanthavong (Smith kick)
S: Smith 30 FG
S: Reed 10 pass from Giannetti (Smith kick)
                                  South           North
First Downs                  10                  11
Rush Yards                   32                  42
Pass Yards                     80                  240
Total Yards                   112                282
Pass (C-A-I)                8-24-0           15-33-3
Penalties                        7-50             14-135
South Rushing: Alex Phanthavong 4-15; Mikhail Reed 8-13; Justin Schley 4-11; Pete Panichi 6-10; Josh Mastromatto 1-4; Derek Giannetti 2-minus 21. Totals 25-32
South Passing: Phanthavong 4-8-0, 34 yards and 2 TD; Giannetti 4-15-0, 80 yards and 1 TD; Reed 0-1-0, 0 yards. Total 8-24-0, 107 yards and 3 TD.
South Receiving: Dominick Massey 3-31, 2 TD; Scott Hartman 2-27; Mastromatto 1-43; Reed 1-10. TD; Panichi 1-3. Totals 8-80, 3 TD.
South Interceptions: Tim Vernon, Kyle Crowder, and Mark Visco.
North Rushing: Tyler Smith 9-29; Justin Powell 5-9; Kenny Parker 3-10; Ronnie Akins 2-10; Zach Zulli 13-minus 16. Totals 32-42.
North Passing: Zulli 15-33-3, 240 yards.
North Receiving: Akins 4-101; Billy Shepard 2-41: Smith 2-28; Baker 4-11; Dave Lorenzo 1-45; Mike Goode 2-14. Totals 15-240.