by Shanna Allen
The rain that fell before the game may have dampened the fields, but it did not dampen the spirits of the 5,000 plus fans who packed the stands to see the intense South vs. North rivalry.
South Medford got on the board first with a touchdown at 8:04 in the first quarter and followed with an extra point kick taking the lead 7-0. While North tried to move the ball, South’s defense held out strong throughout the first quarter and into the second. North’s offense finally turned it on getting on the board at 6:42 in 2nd quarter, tying the game 7-7. South then kicked a field goal with 1:22 to go in the first half, leaving the field with a slim lead 10 – 7.
Both teams returned to the field to begin the second half of the game, and South started off the half by effectively moving the ball on the ground, and despite having to overcome a significant holding penalty were able to make a touchdown, plus the extra point, making the score 17-7 with 3:29 remaining in the third quarter. Another South touchdown at 9:20 remaining in the 4th quarter made the score 24-7 and put the game out of reach.
South kept the ball on the ground and ground out an additional touchdown with less than 2 minutes in regulation, making the final South Medford 31 – North Medford 7.
As the South Medford team took a knee, Kevin Gilmore was presented with the Game MVP trophy and medal. Coach Bill Singler was then presented with the Great American Rivalry Series Championship trophy in front of South’s cheering fans and team.
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- South vs. North Medford – 2010