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North-South: The fifth decade

November 10, 2006

1997: South 21, North 0

Jason Priecko ran for 164 yards and a touchdown to lead South to its fifth straight win over North.

Priecko eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark during the game to become only the fourth Rebel runner to reach the milestone.

The South defense controlled the entire game, recovering three of six North fumbles. Hubs quarterback Hunter Cross was just 6 of 24 for 81 passing with four interceptions and the Hubs were held to 80 yards on the ground.

The Hubs finished the year 2-8 and failed to notch three wins for the fourth straight season. South finished the year 3-7.

Series: South, 22-18-1.




1998: North 6, South 0

North overcame five turnovers and made a second-quarter touchdown run by Kyle Doucette stand up as the Hubs ended South's five-game series winning streak.

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The Hubs (3-7) moved the ball well, rushing 58 times for 291 yards, but three fumbles deep in South territory prevented them from putting more points on the board. Jamere Burnett ran for 139 yards and Doucette added 108 yards.

The biggest threat from South (1-9) came in the fourth quarter after recovering a North fumble at its own 18. Backup quarterback Dustin Short, who came in for injured starter Domonique Richmond, led the Rebels to the North 15 but failed to score.

The Hubs more than doubled South in total offense (306-150) and first downs (23-9).

Series: South, 22-19-1.




1999: North 35, South 13

Seth Staley scored three touchdowns and Reggie Dawson returned an interception 71 yards for another score as North routed South to prevent a winless season.

North (1-9) started quickly, driving 70 yards in 10 plays on its first possession. Jeff Seidman capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Hubs a 7-0 lead.

Staley scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and Dawson followed with his interception return to give the Hubs a 21-0 lead at halftime. Staley added second-half touchdown runs of 5 and 15 yards.

South (0-10) scored two touchdowns only after North had already established a 35-0 lead. Tony Marker scored on a 6-yard run and Mike Jeter scored on a 6-yard pass from Jon Showe.

Series: South, 22-20-1.




2000: North 7, South 6

Jeremy Petty's extra point in the third quarter proved to be the difference as North beat South and kept the Rebels from claiming their first playoff berth.

Zack Stowell answered South's third-quarter touchdown with one of his own, a 4-yard run that knotted the score and set up Petty to be the hero.

David Line scored on a 7-yard run for the Rebels (6-4), who needed a win and one other team to lose in order to reach the playoffs.

South's passing game was grounded by high winds and North's defense bottled up the run. The Hubs (6-4) used the weather to their advangtage by grinding out the ball on the ground and eating up the clock.

It was the final game for North coach Glenn Cross, who stepped down after 19 years.

Series: South, 22-21-1.




2001: South 7, North 0

North's Bobby Waugh came up inches short on a fourth-down play at the Rebel 2-yard line with 1:34 in the game as South ended its two-year series losing streak.

South played the game without starting quarterback Domonique Richmond, who was suspended for "internal matters."

Richmond's replacement, Mike Moyseenko, scored the only touchdown of the night on a 2-yard run early in the second quarter. The Rebels enjoyed excellent field position all night, running just 10 plays from their end of the field.

The Rebels (6-4) played solid defense as well, holding North (4-6) to 51 yards until the Hubs' final drive of the game.

Series: South, 23-21-1.




2002: South 39, North 0

David Miner completed all six passes he threw in the second half, including three for touchdowns, as South defeated North and locked up its first postseason berth.

South (7-3) established its dominance in the first two minutes of the game. After stopping North (2-8) on its first possession, Hubs punter Kyle Robinson bobbled the snap. South's Josh Bussard scooped up the loose ball and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.

Jamel Smith scored on a 10-yard run to put the Rebels up 13-0 at halftime. South raised the level of play in the second half as Miner connected on touchdown passes of 23 yards to Matt Reichert and 21 yards to Ben Mertz.

The Rebels finished the season second in the MVAL standings, their best finish since joining the league in 1989. The win also gave the Rebels a 7-3 record, their best since since 1990.

The 39-point victory was the largest in series history and the 39 points scored by the Rebels matched the the most scored by one team in the series.

Series: South, 24-21-1.




2003: North 41, South 0

The Hubs came into the game with an undefeated season on the line and defended it easily as they shut out the Rebels.

A city school hadn't gone undefeated since the Rebels did it in 1962. The Hubs also became the first county school to complete a season without a loss since the 1995 St. James team.

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