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July 21, 2013

Winamac, Pioneer stars enjoy All-Star football experience

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Charlestown quarterback Aaron Daniel of the South team was named the Tyler Roth MVP of the game. He was 2 of 2 passing for 57 yards and a touchdown and added 60 yards rushing on six carries and two more TDs.

The North squad had some issues with its kicking game. The team had an extra point blocked, two missed field goals and a punt that was blocked that led to a quick score in the fourth quarter.

When the South started to build on its lead in the second half, it made the North offense one-dimensional and mostly ineffective, much to the chagrin of Lytle.

“The second half obviously the South got a lead on us so we couldn’t do much run blocking which is more of what I like to do,” the 6-4, 280-pound Pioneer grad said. “There’s not too much glory in pass setting. The first half I felt like we really came off the ball and as a group we were able to move around the defensive line a lot. But a couple calls didn’t go our way, a couple plays, we fumbled a few things. That’s just the way it goes. We made a few mistakes, shot ourselves in the foot a little bit.”

Lytle said he relishes the fact that his No. 68 All-Star jersey will go on Pioneer coach Mike Johnson’s wall in his office at the school as the Panthers’ 10th representative in the game.

Lytle had chances to play this fall at some smaller schools but has decided to go to Purdue and hang up his cleats.

“I’ve already come to grips with that after my last game for Pioneer,” he said. “It was fun to get back out there and hit some people.”

For old time’s sake, Lytle pancake-blocked a defender on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter to go out on top in his own special way.

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