INDIANAPOLIS — The North-South All-Star Football Classic is always big for Winamac coach Tim Roth.
The game’s MVP award is named in memory of his late son, Tyler, who tragically died in a car accident just weeks before he was to play in the game in 2001. His other son, Parker, played in the game in 2004. Tim Roth was an assistant coach for the North team in 1991 when Winamac’s Brian Schultz was named as the game’s MVP. Roth was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the IFCA during the All-Star game in 2006.
So it’s only fitting that he would get to be the head coach of the North team, which he was on Friday night. After all, he has coached for 32 seasons at Winamac, going 202-132 during that time. His 202 wins rank him 32nd all time in state history and 12th all time among active coaches.
The game on Friday didn’t end up going like Roth or the North would have liked, but in the end it’s all about the experience of the week for all involved. And one could say that Roth and Tyler Roth certainly left their mark with the camaraderie and spirit that the North showed as a team.
Winamac and Pioneer were both represented by All-Stars in the contest. Winamac’s Zach Shidler played wide receiver and Pioneer’s Josh Lytle played center.
After a closely contested first half, the South took advantage of some mistakes by the North squad en route to pulling away for a 27-6 win.
“The first half it was a one-score game. We were as physical as they were,” said Roth, whose squad trailed 10-6 at halftime. “In the second half their power running game just took over. The kid from Indianapolis here (Lawrence Central’s Alex Rodriguez, 10 carries, 79 yards) is awesome and we didn’t have a way of stopping him. And our defense spent too much time on the field.”