In the annual showdown between the two high schools, Plymouth North defeated Plymouth South 36-29 in what proved to be a riveting conclusion to the 2015 season on Thanksgiving Day.
The final game at South Stadium was filled with excellent representation from both communities of schools.
The first half was dominated by North, as the Eagles took a 15-0 lead into halftime on two passing touchdowns by Drew. The Panthers were unable to jumpstart a response, with the ground attack of quarterback Andrew Shortall and running back Dylan Anti limited by North’s defense.
In the second half, scoring exploded on both sides, as the Panthers emerged out of the break. Shortall capped a quick drive that included three Anti rushes with a 23-yard touchdown of his own, but North quickly responded to maintain a 15-point lead.
On the next drive, Anti broke free for the Panthers with a monstrous run all the way from Panther territory into the end zone, again carrying South back into the game. North took little time widening the gap yet again, as Uva powered in to bring the score to 29-14. The clock began to work in North’s favor as well, with time running out for the home Panthers.
In their last game, the seniors on the South side rallied the Panthers back. Anti and Shortall added touchdown runs, bringing the Panthers within two points with less than four minutes remaining in the game. In desperate need of a two-point score, Shortall scurried to the right and found Brandon Maguire in the back of the end zone for a successful conversion.
The Eagles and Panthers were deadlocked 29-29 late until North quarterback Cam Drew fired a 25-yard game-winning pass to Myles Uva with 46 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Eagles a dramatic victory.