Pike County running back Darrell Reynolds returned a punt 78 yards for the clinching touchdown in the South's 12-0 win over the North on Friday in the Alabama All-Star Week football game.
Reynolds, the South MVP, returned three punts for 104 yards in the game at Alabama A&M's Louis Crews Stadium. The touchdown return came with 6:15 to play. Reynolds also rushed for 26 yards on six carries.
The South leads the series, which began in 1948, 28-20-2 and has won three straight.
The South's first score came on a fumbled punt. Stanhope Elmore's Brye French punted the ball and Oxford's D'Eric Jackson fumbled at the 20.Northview's Patrick Reynolds recovered the loose ball and ran in for the score.
French averaged 34.9 yards on eight punts and also rushed for 17 yards.Marbury's Ronnie Johnson added 11 yards rushing.
Neither offense had much success. The South was held to 117 yards on 56 plays and the North managed 92 yards on 53 plays.
Jeff Davis receiver Courtney Burkett had one reception for 12 yards to account for half of the South's passing yards.
The South defense forced four turnovers.
Prattville's L.C. Morris had four tackles and an interception and Elmore County's Luke Rowe recovered a fumble. Marbury's Zack Peppers recorded one of the South's three sacks. French and Stanhope teammate Jake Naylor each recorded one tackle.