SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Keyser's Brady Ours and East Hardy's Brett Tharp combined their talents to lead the North Bears over the South Cardinals 42-20 in the 2018 North-South Football Classic. The North Bears earned their third straight victory in a series that began in 1934, its longest win streak since winning four in a row from 1999-2002.
During the 2018 North-South Football Classic at South Charleston High School, Ours showed off his ability to break off big plays against elite talent within West Virginia. Brady caught a pair of passes from Cameron QB
Colby Brown for a total of 83 yards, highlighted by a 64 yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Ours was able to haul in a deep pass then
fight off several South defenders and cross the goal line to give the North a 21-7 lead.
Football fans in Mineral County have first hand knowledge of the electric play making ability of Brady Ours. In the fall of 2017 Brady was seen with a yellow K on the side of his helmet lining up at QB on offense and safety on defense for the Golden Tornado. Occasionally you could catch Brady lining up at wingback or split end to throw a monkey wrench at the opposing defense.
In the North-South game the coaching staff utilized Ours as a deep threat wide-receiver. When asked if it was a challenge transitioning from the mindset of a QB who touches the ball every play into the role of WR Brady said, “I’ve never been one who asks for the ball. I appreciate touches when they’re given to me. But I really liked changing positions, it gave me a different outlook on offense and I had a great time.”
Honestly it doesn’t matter where Ours lines up, because in the open field Brady is deadly. In the fall of 2018, Brady will line up at LB/OLB in Moon Township, PA suiting up for the Colonials of Robert Morris. Brady talked about his biggest training focus during the offseason, “The biggest improvement I’ve made this summer has been in the weight room. Lifting five days a week really made a difference for me.” Perhaps the Colonial coaching staff will recognize the play-making ability of Ours and insert him on special teams with the opportunity to touch the pigskin in open space.
Directly south of Mineral County, the folks from Hardy know the incredible athletic skills of East Hardy’s Brett Tharp. Temperatures reached 93 degrees on the field but the Cougar from Baker, WV stayed cool and calm in coverage baiting a pass which resulted in a pickoff and return deep in South territory. In the fourth quarter, Brett Tharp made another splash play returning a punt for a touchdown, transforming a tight one-score contest into a 35-20 lead for the North Bears. Brett Tharp was voted Most Valuable Player for the North Bears. The North-South game is scheduled to return to Laidley Field next summer