Bears shine for Shrine

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2001

Four Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears helped the South Team claim a 28-6 victory over the North Team in the 24th Annual Al Aska Shrine North-South Football Classic held Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Juneau's Brett Fairchild split the South's quarterbacking duties with Dimond's Jason Simmons and completed five of six passes for 72 yards and no interceptions. Fairchild quarterbacked the South Team on a seven-play, 95-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Dimond's Chris McMullen in the second quarter.

Crimson Bears tight end Jake Miller led the South Team in receptions with three, good for 14 yards. The other Juneau players on the South Team were linemen Zac Campbell and Bret Russell.

The annual senior all-star game benefits the Shriners' Children's Hospital Fund, which helps about 570 Alaska children at Shriners' hospitals around the country. Two years ago the Alaska game raised $1,200, and last year it jumped to $12,000, game coordinator Rodney Young said. This year Young said the Shriners raised more than $20,000.

The South Team took a 22-0 lead by halftime as McMullen scored on a one-yard run with 9:41 left in the first quarter, then South's Roderick Hawkins (Eielson) tackled North's Tyler Blewett (Bartlett) in the end zone for a safety with 8:48 left in the first quarter.

The Nikiski connection of quarterback Josh Reilly and wide receiver David Holloway clicked for another South score with 7:04 left in the first quarter as Reilly hit Holloway with a 32-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option play. Fairchild led the next South scoring drive, which ended with McMullen's four-yard touchdown with 1:32 left in the half.

In the second half, Holloway caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Simmons with 9:53 left in the third quarter to give the South Team a 28-0 lead. Blewett ended the shutout with 11:57 left in the fourth quarter, scoring on a two-yard run for the North Team's only score.

Reilly was chosen the game's MVP. The South's offensive MVP was Holloway and defensive MVP was Ty Clapper of Dimond. The North's offensive MVP was Blewett and defensive MVP was Justin Dailey of Bartlett.

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