INDIANAPOLIS – Heritages Conner Sheehan and Sniders Ruben Holcomb received good news before the North-South All-Star game started Friday at North Central when the two Fort Wayne-area football players were named as two of the four captains for the North team.
It was an awesome feeling, Holcomb said. I wasnt really expecting to be named captain, so when I was, I was filled with joy.
Sheehan said he felt the same.
It means the world to me, Sheehan said of being named captain. It means the guys thought I was truly a leader out there.
Playing in the heat
Heat was again a factor with the temperature for the 7:05 p.m. kickoff around 90 degrees. But the players were able to deal with the heat after practicing in it all week.
It has been hot all week, but we adjusted well and got it done in the heat, Holcomb said.
Of the 10 area healthy players on the North team, seven were starters and six were on offense.
On the offensive line, Huntington Norths Austin Garde (left) and Wawasees Chad Eppley (right) were at the guards and Holcomb was at right tackle.
In the backfield, Sheehan started at quarterback and North Sides Anthony Linnear at running back.
Targets for Sheehan included Concordias Marq Rogers at receiver.
On defense, North Sides Russell Collins started at right tackle.
Churubuscos Jason Nicodemus was a backup fullback, Garretts Drake Landes second-string receiver and East Nobles Drake DeMuyt right behind Collins at defensive tackle.
Sniders Addison Dellinger, who was on the Norths roster, was wearing a boot on the sidelines after twisting in ankle in practice Thursday.
Also, Homestead kicker Nolan McMahon had a back injury that prevented him from practicing or playing.
Churubuscos Jason Nicodemus received the Ralph Everman Award for the North. The award is named after Everman, a Bloomington accountant who had an influence on the 47th annual All-Star game.