2011-07-05 / Front Page

Clovers & Patriots Represent Area In Annual WVFCA All-Star Game At ISU

OV Alumni Defensive Pressure Helps Score Safety For The South
by Michael Stanley Staff Writer


Recent Cloverdale High School graduate and South all-star linebacker Matt Hall works to escape a block while pursuing a North ball carrier during the seventh annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association all-star game. (Staff Photo) Recent Cloverdale High School graduate and South all-star linebacker Matt Hall works to escape a block while pursuing a North ball carrier during the seventh annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association all-star game. (Staff Photo) Despite a 35-2 South all-stars loss on June 25 inside Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indiana State University, four Owen Valley and a pair of Cloverdale alumni enjoyed one last go-around with their high school teammates during the seventh annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association all-star game.

On the offensive side of the ball for Linton-Stockton head coach Steve Weber was center Clayton Freeman from Owen Valley and wide receiver Josh Burdette of Cloverdale. The South squad tallied just eight first downs to the North’s 14 and rushed for 70 yards on 34 carries, while the North tallied 249 yards rushing on 33 attempts. The North also out-passed the South, 115 yards to 43. The South also lost two of five fumbles, but were called for just one penalty for 10 yards.


2011 CHS graduate and South all-star receiver Josh Burdette runs a route during the seventh annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association all-star game. (Staff Photo) 2011 CHS graduate and South all-star receiver Josh Burdette runs a route during the seventh annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association all-star game. (Staff Photo) “I think they played well. You’re in a situation where you’ve got five days to learn a new system in an all-star game,” OV head coach Duane Potts said. “For Clayton Freeman for example, that was Coach Weber’s offense from down at Linton. It’s way different than the things we do at Owen Valley. I think Clayton really blocked well at the center position.”

On the defensive side of the gridiron were former Patriots Gus Hancock on the defensive line, linebacker Dylen Hutcherson and defensive back Gryfen Brinson. Cloverdale’s Matt Hall joined Hutcherson, switching right and left sides throughout the contest with Hutcherson.

“I think they played well under all of the circumstances. I know I saw Gus, Hutch and Gryfen all be involved in some plays on the defensive side of the football,” Potts said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The only points scored on the night for the South came when the Patriots and Clovers were on defense and caused a North safety during the third quarter.

Hancock will be continuing his football career as a student-athlete at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Brinson will continue his career at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.

“You’re going against the best of the best in the area. They didn’t do anything that would be MVP worthy, but they all played well and shined in their respective positions,” Potts noted. “That’s what it’s all about... it’s an allstar game, very rarely will you see a guy go and take over a game. They’re all great players and the best players on their respective teams. (Gryfen) has the kind of energy from when he’s involved in a big play that’s maybe going to turn the tide a little bit. He gets fired up and has a lot of energy about himself. I’m just proud of those guys; they represented Owen Valley well in a positive way. We’re excited about their future and we appreciate what they did for Owen Valley and this community during their football careers.”

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