INDIANAPOLIS — The North recorded its fifth straight win in the series with a 25-24 victory over the South on Friday night at the IFCA North-South All-Star Football Classic at North Central High School.

A Pioneer Panther has been part of all five straight wins. On Friday night it was Conner Walker, who was the 16th Panther overall to represent Pioneer at the All-Star Classic.

“It was a well played game,” said Walker. “The South started to come back in the second half and we pulled together and really just played our game.”

Walker, like he did for the back-to-back Class A state champion Panthers, played center on the night. He played about half the game, splitting time evenly with Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger’s Alex Kolkman.

“The competition was a lot better than I’m used to facing. It was nice playing against it,” said Walker. When asked if he felt like he held his own, he said, “For sure.”

Walker played in his final football game, as he will attend IUPUI to study investigative and forensic science.

He once again walked off the football field a winner.

“It is a nice feeling for sure,” he said. “It was great meeting all the different players I never thought I’d play with. It was a great experience overall.”

Adam Berry was the third Pioneer coach to coach the game as an assistant, joining Mike Johnson (1998) and Clay Scott (2017).

“It was everything you’d want in an All-Star game, big plays, good competition, it really came down to the last second,” Berry said. “Both teams played hard. There were great players on both sides. The North and South represented the state really well.”

Berry thought Walker more than held his own.

“I couldn’t be prouder of him. From the first practice to the final buzzer he performed as an All-Star player and leader out there. He was always talking to the other offensive linemen and did everything we asked of him. The players voted and a number of players voted for him for offensive captain and the mental attitude award. He didn’t quite get those but he received a big number of votes.”

The Tyler Roth Memorial MVP was Zack Merrill from Andrean.

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