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***Seton Hall Prep was top team and its head mentor was coach of the year as SC presents All-Essex baseball selections for the season!

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***Youth is definitely served for both West Essex and the Mount while the Lady Knights head the All-Essex softball honors as the 'Team of the Year.' Check out much more in "Feature Articles"

***It's been an amazing past two weeks for East Orange Campus' Keneek Tomlinson, who garnered his second defensive MVP award in an all-star game while leading the North to win vs. South in 38th NJ N-S Classic. Read "The Buzz"

As the rain pours down at Kean's Alumni Field on Monday night, the North's respective offensive & defensive MVP's, WR Mike Pimpinella (left) of Pascack Valley and Keneek Tomlinson of East Orange (right) are presented their plaques by former NFL D- lineman Jim Jeffcoat following the North's 7-0 win in 38th annual Phil Simms New Jersey North-South All-Star Classic. (Photo by Gene Nann- nannphoto)

Early TD Pass Holds Up For Only Points
As North Edges South 7-0 In 38th Classic
By JR Parachini
Covering high school football since 1982
and Union County since 1991

UNION – If you’re a football fan that likes defense, turnovers, skirmishes and plenty of rain, then you thoroughly enjoyed Monday night’s 38th annual Phil Simms New Jersey North-South All-Star Football Classic which was played under rainy conditions for much of the evening at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium.

Who knew that the first touchdown of the game – which was scored in the first quarter – would be the last?

Who knew that the extra point following the TD would turn out to be the game’s final point?

Who knew that there would end up being more turnovers – 8 – than points – 7 – produced?

Who could have also predicted one of the chippiest North-South games in some time, with almost as many skirmishes than points scored?

That’s what we got, plus a pretty consistent downpour for most of the contest, a game that the North held on to win by the score of 7-0.

Immediately following the game’s first turnover – a tackle, strip and fumble recovery produced by North defensive lineman Darnell Grant, Jr. of Shabazz – the North struck for the game’s only points.

On the very next play on first-and-10 from the South 15, North quarterback Zach Keller of Seton Hall Prep rolled left and then found wide receiver Mike Pimpinella of Pascack Valley open in the corner of the end zone.

Pimpinella, chosen the North’s Offensive MVP, did a fine job of keeping both feet in bounds to give his team the lead for good. Jake Catalioto of Lakeland added the extra point to make it 7-0.

It was the North’s first shutout triumph since 2001 and third overall. The South, which still leads the series at 18-17-2, has produced four shutout victories.

The South had two field goal attempts – one in each half – blocked. North Defensive MVP Keneek Tomlinson of East Orange Campus blocked the first one.

Tomlinson was also named MVP of the Robeson Classic two weeks ago.

Both teams turned the ball over four times. One of the other turnovers the North squad produced was an interception by defensive back Samad Starling of Linden with 3:48 to go in the first half.

Starling’s pick gave the North a first down at its own 24.

“It’s just amazing to be playing in this game and Phil Simms is great,” said a very excited and emotional Starling moments before he came up with his interception.

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