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Gateway players help North team to victory in all-star game

| Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
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Gateway seniors, from left, Jaymar Parrish, Todd Jeter, Mileak Ford, Anthony Parente, R.J. Hughes and Thomas Woodson celebrate the North's 38-13 victory over the South at the third annual Chesapeake Bowl all-star football game Saturday in Landover, Md. Submitted photo.

Gateway senior quarterback Thomas Woodson saw his final game in a Gators uniform end in heartbreak on the football turf at Norwin High School.

The 17-14 WPIAL quarterfinal playoff loss to Woodland Hills spelled a sudden end to the season and hopes of a trip to Heinz Field.

But for Woodson and four other Gators seniors, Saturday's third annual Chesapeake Bowl all-star game in Landover, Md., was a chance to go out as winners in a high school game before turning the page in their football careers.

In the end, they left with a victory, as the North team upended the South, 38-13.

“The Gateway guys represented themselves, their school and their community well,” Gateway assistant coach Mike Booth said.

“The North dominated.”

The North team, made up of several players from the WPIAL, as well as others from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, won for the second year in a row after the South captured the inaugural game in 2010.

The South held an early 10-7 lead, but the North rallied. Woodson completed five of eight passes for 103 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Ishmael Hyman from St. John Vianney in New Jersey.

Woodson added five carries for 37 yards, including a 24-yard run to the South 8 that set up the first-quarter scoring strike.

Booth said Mileak Ford blocked well at tight end, and R.J. Hughes was one of the top offensive linemen for either team in the game.

Anthony Parente had two sacks from his defensive line spot, and Booth said he liked the way Parente got pressure at other points in the game.

The South passing game, Booth added, stayed away from cornerback Todd Jeter.

Senior Jaymar Parrish, a Pitt recruit, also was selected for the game. He attended the game with his Gators teammates but was unable to play because of an ankle injury suffered late in the football season.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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