"It was pretty important for us to win this game," said Carlino, a linebacker from Hamilton Southeastern. "We had a good time in practice this week, but we worked hard. I think we got what we deserved tonight."
Brewer - who reiterated in no uncertain terms plans to attend Purdue after graduating from Harper Junior College in Illinois - put it differently.
"Coach was telling us it was three out of four years, and they were talking all crazy about it," the former Carmel wide receiver joked. "We had to show them who the real all-stars were."
Brewer caught six passes for 62 yards, with a 22-yard touchdown.
Carlino made seven tackles.
Maci, a linebacker at Cathedral who called Friday night essentially "the beginning" of his career as a defensive end, was a consistent menace in the South backfield, making two tackles for loss, including an 11-yard sack.
But while Purdue's recruits were productive, it was two future Big Ten rivals that set the tone for the South.
IU signee Tandon Doss caught a 65-yard touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage. Jewel Hampton, an Iowa signee from Warren Central, then returned a kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown.
Carlino, Maci and the rest of the South defense took it from there, holding its opponent scoreless for nearly the final 40 minutes of play.
Albert Evans, another Purdue signee, got a close-up look at that defense. And it was an unpleasant one. He carried the ball five times, going for an official minus-18 yards.
Nonetheless, the running back-or-defensive back recruit from Portage enjoyed the experience.
"It was a good ending to my high school career," Evans said. "I met some people, made some friends with some guys up north I'd never even known before. It was a good way to go out."
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