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June 15, 2013

North tops South in Bergen County All-Star Classic

After a three-year hiatus, the Bergen County Football All-Star Classic returned in dramatic fashion Saturday evening.

Pascack Valley quarterback Kyle Schneider hooked up with Mahwah's Greg Rozar on a two-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to give the North squad a 12-9 comeback win over the South at Overpeck County Park in Palisades Park.

The victory was the North's 13th in 14 tries in the series.

Following a South punt, the North team took over at its own 42-yard line with less than four minutes remaining. After Danny Thompson began the series at quarterback, Schneider returned to the action to hit St. Mary's A.J. Godsil for a clutch fourth-down converstion.

Shortly thereafter, Schneider (10-of-17, 136 yards and a touchdown) rolled right out of the shotgun and connected with his PV teammate Nick Soravilla for a 43-yard strike down to the 1-yard line.

"I'd probably say [we did that] at least 10 or 12 times [this season]," Schneider said of his hook-up with Soravilla. "We rolled out so we'd get everybody coming this way, and then we threw the backside because we knew it was going to be there."

Two plays later, on third and goal, Schneider lofted a pass into the right corner of the end zone, where Rozar (5 catches, 29 yards) hauled it in to seal the victory and his offensive MVP honors with 39 seconds remaining.

"I was one of the top two options. I knew I could beat my guy; they were playing off a little bit," Rozar said. "Once I started the route and I saw I was going to be able to break it, he saw me and threw a great pass. He led me great.

"I'm thinking about my feet the whole time," Rozar continued. "I see the ball is catchable and I'm just trying to get my feet down in bounds. Luckily, he put the ball where I needed to be and I got my feet down."

Rozar's catch gave the North its only lead of the night. The South held a 9-6 advantage at the time thanks to a 37-yard field goal from Wallington's Wojtek Kulbabinski, who earned Special Teams MVP Honors.

St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) defensive end Troy Kay won Defensive MVP after recording two sacks and a forced fumble.

A first-half scoring run by Hackensack fullback Reco Facey put the South in front 6-0, but the North tied the game on the first drive of the second half when Indian Hills' Danny Thompson hit Soravilla for a 16-yard score.

The contest was played in front of approximately 2,500 fans, and was a worthy showing in the first rendition of the game since 2009.

"You play against these guys all the time, like Ramapo and Old Tappan, and know you finally get to play with them," Schneider said. "You bring in those new relationships and I'll have those for the rest of my life. It's just awesome."

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