CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Berkeley Springs kicker Zach Wise will play a dominant role for the North in Saturday's North-South All-Star Football Classic.
Although Wise has plans to attend Division II Shepherd University in the fall to play football, he finds this upcoming game at to be important for a variety of reasons. Among them is the possibility of enjoying success on a team level.
"We have the best from the state, but so do they (South). Now I'll have more opportunities to maybe not be the only scorer, and make more contributions," Wise said Tuesday at North-South media day at West Virginia State University in Institute.
Wise did plenty of scoring in his career with the Indians. In four years as Berkeley Springs' kicker he converted 22 of 29 field goal attempts, with a career long of 56 yards.
He was honored with an All-State designation as a sophomore in 2010. Since then, however, the Indians' successes have been few and far between. Subsequently, his scoring chances decreased and he was absent from the All-State teams his junior and senior seasons.
Berkeley Springs was 2-7 in 2011 and 0-10 in 2012.
An All-State pick in soccer as well, Wise said he is more drawn to the gridiron.
"I love the atmosphere of football. The crowds, the game, the coaches all get you pumped up and I love that feeling," Wise said. "I also used to watch my brother kick in high school, and one day he told me I was good enough to play so I took his word for it."
Angelo Luvaro is Berkeley Springs' head coach. He said the short time he has spent working with North Coach Jodi Mote of St. Marys has given him some new motivation.