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North-South: Reflections

November 07, 2006

The following are some of the responses we received from readers about their memories of the North-South football series:

My greatest memory is from my junior year at South Hagerstown. I played defensive and offensive tackle and it was late in the game. We were up big and I sacked North High's Tanner Cross for a loss. The crowd cheering and the whole North/South atmosphere was just so great. I'll never forget it as long as I live. I love South High. Always did. Always will.

- Justin Kelbaugh




I've had the opportunity and the pleasure to play in three North-South football games from 1993-1995. I have so many proud memories from those games in large part due to the fact that South won all three of them. My first North-South game, my sophomore year, is probably the one that sticks out the most. I learned real quick what this rivalry was all about. Early in the 1993 contest, North running back Danny Seidman turned the corner on a running play to North's right side. Out of nowhere, South senior defensive back Buddy Houpt came up and tackled Danny with such force that it knocked Danny's helmet off. That play set the tone for the rest of the game and a Rebel victory. I'll never forget the spirit from the student body leading up to and following those three victories.

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- Mike Hull
South High Class of 1996




The North-South game offers many fond memories. It's hard to believe 23 years have elapsed because I remember situations that occurred the week before the game and during the game like it was yesterday. Both teams were 6-3 records, one of the few times both teams have entered the contest with winning records, but more importantly the winner had a possible playoff berth. The playoff system was tougher then because only four teams participated in the playoffs. In addition to knowing most of the South players, a tremendous amount of pride was at stake. I remember walking out to the center of the field for the coin toss and talking with the officials about the crowd. I never paid attention to the crowd but it was hard not to notice the stands being full with red and green. People lined the fences three deep the entire way around School Stadium. The intensity of the game will always be there, even today to remember the excitement, the thrill of the game it brings a chill to my spine. I don't know if the hit Randy Jamison made on me that knocked me senseless for a few plays brings that chill (hardest I had ever been hit including four years playing for Shepherd) or the elation after winning the game. North won, 21-6. We had heard that South Carroll was losing and that a loss by them would put us in the playoffs. The emotion for the next 30 minutes, thinking we were playoff bound is difficult to duplicate or represent it is something you had to experience. The game is just a game to some, but to be there to participate in the atmosphere and to enjoy the moment can never be forgotten.

- Greg Stains

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