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Football: Carroll seniors join together to shine at BTC All-Star Game

Football: Carroll seniors join together to shine at BTC All-Star Game
North quarterback Collin Ende takes a snap in the second quarter. The 22nd Touchdown Club of Baltimore North vs. South All-Star Classic football game was Saturday at Archbishop Spalding High School. (Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

Matt Study wanted to lead the North team to victory at Saturday’s Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Classic.

The Westminster High School coach had another, perhaps more important, task in mind, however — to make sure all of the Carroll County players on the North squad, which he was coaching, got to see the field.

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Mission accomplished on both ends, Study said — the North topped the South 21-14 at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, and Carroll held its own in the contest.

More than 200 players took part in two all-star games, which showcased talent from 86 Maryland high schools.

Westminster senior Zane Lewis, the Times Football Player of the Year, hauled in a touchdown pass for the North team. The squad led 21-6 late in the game and held on for victory.

Carroll County represents at the 2017 BTC All-Star Game in Severn.
Carroll County represents at the 2017 BTC All-Star Game in Severn. (Courtesy photo)

Study said the North team ran well behind an offensive line anchored by Carroll players Noah Barton (Francis Scott Key), Noah Buttiglieri (Westminster), Zach Morris (Liberty), and Kyle Shanholtz (Winters Mill).

Study said Liberty linebacker Kevin Lynch made a nice defensive play on a big third-play in the third quarter by deflecting a pass and forcing the South team to punt. The South squad led 6-0 at halftime before Study led the North to a comeback win.

The North’s roster featured the following Carroll players — quarterback Collin Ende and linebacker Jake Schneider from Century; Barton from FSK; Noah Rohrer, at the slot position, joined Lynch and Morris from Liberty; linebacker Adam Melville, defensive back Dan Melville, and lineman Troy Warner from Manchester Valley; defensive back Dylan Wilson from South Carroll; Buttiglieri and fellow lineman Noah Boguski joined Lewis and tight end Logan Nave from Westminster; and slot receiver Troy Blessing joined Shanholtz from Winters Mill.

An East vs. West game took place prior to the North vs. South contest. FSK running back Nate Imes was part of the West roster, along with defensive backs Adrian Budd, Cordell Gray, and Demetrius Moody from Silver Oak Academy.

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