Rivals turned teammates for all-star game

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Rivalries present an unfamiliar feeling for a couple of area football players as they prepare for the North South game this Friday.

The 2014 Indiana Football Coaches Association All-Star football game is set for Friday night at North Central High School. The South leads the all-time series 26-21 which includes winning three out of the last four games.

Several area student athletes will take part in the game for the North squad, including McCutcheon’s Nate Deno, West Lafayette’s Maurice Woodard, and Central Catholic’s Gage Ulery and Ty Preston.

Both teams were on the practice field Wednesday at the University of Indianapolis as they try to get to know one another and come together as a team.

“It’s been a lot of fun. We’ve all shared our different stories and you grow up hating each other — not really hating each other, but hating the school,” Deno said. “It’s fun, you hear their side, and it’s been a great experience meeting them and everything.”

For Central Catholic’s Ty Preston and West Lafayette’s Maurice Woodard, it’s an opportunity to put their differences aside for a common goal.

“It’s a little different looking back and seeing Maurice back there and then looking out and seeing Nate (Deno) on my right,” Preston said. “It’s fun playing with guys that you’ve played against. Just getting to team up with them, I’m glad those guys are on our team this time.”

“It’s a good experience getting to work with some guys you played against and some guys you might have played against,” Woodard said. “Just getting to know them off the field, and not being their enemies, and getting to be friends with them, and then working together.”

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