CHILDRESS – Mineral Wells High School head coach Chuck Lawrence said all along, Ross Benge, Chris Beauchamp and Phillip Hayes wanted to make a positive impression with their play at the 61st Annual Rotary Greenbelt Bowl.
The only way to describe their play is "!!!"
Benge recorded two sacks, while Beauchamp racked up 12 tackles and Hayes intercepted a pass en route to leading the North to a 42-20 romp over the South in the annual high school all-star clash, which was held June 12 at Fair Park Stadium in Childress.
"They all played really well," said Lawrence, who served as an assistant coach in the game. "All three of them played well enough to be MVPs."
It didn't take long for the Rams to make their presence felt in the game. Hayes ended the South's first possession by picking off the first pass.
Five plays later, Salina (Kan.) Central quarterback Trey Dallas capped a 60-yard drive with a 24-yard scoring pass.
Dallas, the game's Outstanding Offensive Back recipient, finished the game by completing seven of his 14 passes for 194 yards and three scores.
The North struck again moments later, building its lead to 14-0 when Wichita Falls High School quarterback Torry Anderson hit Jesse Wassenberg with a 77-yard scoring strike.
Wassenberg, who also played at Salina Central, was the 2010 Greenbelt Bowl's Dun Nelson MVP recipent. He finished with 208 yards and three scores on just five receptions.
The North tacked on two more touchdowns in the first quarter and took a commanding 28-7 lead into the second.
The North continued to roll offensively in the second and third quarters. The team added a touchdown in each of the two frames and held a 42-13 cushion heading into the fourth.
Defensively, Benge, Beauchamp and Hayes helped the North create plenty of havoc for the South. The three played big roles in limiting the South to just 108 yards passing.
The North defense forced five turnovers.