MERCED — In the 27 previous years of the North-South Rotary All-Star Football Classic, there hadn’t been a tie game, but then came the 28th edition.
Chowchilla’s DeVaughn Gaines connected with Washington Union’s Greg Wilson for a 27-yard touchdown to tie the game with 2:59 left. The two teams then battled back and forth before the final gun sounded.
However, after talking with the players and coaches game director Bob Green, decided to send the game to overtime. In high school overtime, teams get four downs to score from 10-yards out. The South, which had stalled twice inside the one-yard line, scored on the second play when Gaines hit Wilson for the go-ahead score.
Liberty’s Cody Sanders, who led the team with 10 tackles, made a solo tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Two incomplete passes gave the North fourth down. On fourth down, North tried a pass to the corner of the end zone, but Roosevelt-Fresno’s Demetric McGrue broke up the pass to give the South a come-from-behind victory...