Saturday night's Tri-County Football Coaches Association BeeGraphix Football Classic at South Fayette Stadium was a victory for the North Squad, thanks to the offensive fireworks of running back Brad Banas and quarterback Erik Olson.
It was also unusually chippy, with moments bordering on poor sportsmanship.
On at least two occasions, when the South delivered a hard hit to a North player, the South player stood over the just decleated for a little taunt.
The post-game handshake didn't go very well. In fact, the North coaches called their players over to keep away from some of the pleasantries being exchanged. Those of us observing the scene - which included college and high school coaches - couldn't help but wonder why.
According to Banas, the North Offensive MVP and the game's best player, the South "talked trash all week." There's no doubt they were after the game.
North coach Joe Rossi said there was a little talk at the banquet on Friday night and that he was pleased with how his players remained composed. "There were a couple times it looked like kids were going to get ejected," Rossi said.
And that's a shame.
The BeeGraphix Football Classic had a substantial share of entertaining moments - from Banas' four-touchdown performance, to the arm of Olson, to watching the Monessen pair of Lorenzo Newsuan and Kevin Park play excellent defense to watching Alex Frey making big play after big play and, finally, seeing Joby Lapkowicz cap an extraordinary high school career with three touchdowns.
Frey, the South Offensive MVP, didn't seem to grasp all the animousity.
"I just wanted to come here and have fun. That's what I did," he said.
Fortunately, game director Bill Ellis, as well as both coaching staffs, kept things from getting out of hand.
Here's hoping nothing similar takes place next year.