WYANDOTTE — It took the North all of 3:08 to end seven years of frustration in the Wyandotte Lions Club Senior Bowl football game.
A 9-yard run by Durwaun Roberts of Vinita and the ensuing PAT kick by Miami’s Josh White gave the North all-stars a 7-0 lead, then they coasted to a 39-13 decision over the South at Brewster Field.
The win was the first for the North since 2001. It evened the series at 19-19.
Roberts almost single-handedly brought the streak to an end for the North — he had five of the six TDs and accounted for 227 yards in rushing and receiving.
He also ran a punt back 65 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.
The North overcame three penalties on its opening drive to get started with the scoring.
Roberts’ 9-yard touchdown came on a first-and-goal play. A 23-yard gain on a shuffle pass from Miami’s Trent Turner gave the North a first down at the South 4. A procedure penalty moved the ball back, but Roberts took a pitch from Turner and set sail for the end zone.
White’s extra point kick made it 7-0 with 8:52 left in the first quarter.
Another shuffle pass from Turner to Roberts covered 27 yards and gave the North its second TD at 7:35 of the second.
The North needed only two plays to score after a punt.
Afton’s Ryan Markes found Turner on a 28-yard pass on the first snap. The pair had played together as freshmen when Turner was going to school at Afton.
A 35-yard pass from Derrek Brickey of Salina to Casey Alves of Westville got the South going less than two minutes later.
Turner and Roberts teamed up on another dazzling score for the North, covering 58 yards.
A bad snap from the shotgun forced Turner to scramble. He wound up retreating about 20 yards before unloading a screen pass to Roberts.
Roberts caught the pass, took off down the South sideline then cut back and broke loose.
A pass for the conversion was incomplete, leaving the North with a 19-7 lead.
The South stunned the North with a 6-yard strike from Brickey to Miller of Grove with no time remaining in the half.
Harrison Kay of Ketchum was the holder on T.J. Griffith’s PAT attempt, but a bad snap forced Kay to scramble. He was run out of bounds just short of the goal line, leaving the North with a 19-13 edge.
Roberts’ fourth touchdown came on a 41-yard pass from Turner with 3:32 left in the third quarter.
A run by T.J. Korb of Afton on the conversion was negated by offsetting penalties, then Turner teamed with Wardog teammate James Pickens on a pass for the extra points.
Roberts’ punt return, one of the longest in the game’s history, came with 9:33 remaining. The conversion failed when the snap on the kick was mishandled, but the North led 33-13.
The game’s final touchdown came on a 2-yard blast by Miami’s Nathan Hazley, capping a 41-yard, eight-play drive.
The score was set up by a 44-yard punt return by Pickens.
While Roberts was named the MVP for the North, Kay was selected the most valuable player for the South.
He finished with 72 yards on 16 carries and completed two of four passes for 14 yards.