NEWTOWN >> The 15th annual Council Rock North-CR South gridiron battle stood in direct contrast to last year’s duel between the Indians and the Golden Hawks. And yet, excitement filled the air surrounding Walt Snyder Stadium Friday night in Newtown.

Last season, current South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain led the Indians onto the gridiron in a North-South duel that decided which team would capture the Suburban One League (SOL) Continental Conference crown. McIlwain led the Indians to a 35-14 triumph and North’s fourth straight trip to the postseason. South running back Brendan Patterson led all ball-carriers with 142 yards rushing.

Now, McIlwain is lining up for the Gamecocks and Patterson is playing lacrosse at SUNY-Binghamton. And instead of playing for a championship or a playoff berth, 1-8 CR North and 2-8 South were simply playing for pride.

With his team clinging to a 14-7 halftime lead, Patterson’s kid brother Chase, beat the Indian defenders to the end and raced 70 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown on the first play of the second half that put the Golden Hawks on top by two scores on their way to a 35-14 win of their own.

“You give my guys a crack of daylight and they’ll burn you,” said CR South head coach Vince Bedesem. “I thought he was down but he hugged that corner and it was amazing.”

“I think we surprised them,” added Hawks junior RB Elias Mayo, who scored on touchdown runs in both the first and last quarters.

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