Now that he's here, Ball will play center and some defensive line for the South, blocking for the likes of Wayne's Brandon Spurlock and others.
Spurlock and the Pioneers handed Scott its first loss of the season and nearly put Ball out for good, but maybe the best thing about this week is watching rival players put past gridiron conflicts aside and compete together.
Ball said he is just fine opening up holes for the talented runner from Wayne.
"It's great having him on my team now, I'm very thankful he's on my team," Ball said.
South coach Joe Dean of Midland Trail has 35 players, each of whom has a unique story, but he said coaching players like Ball this week has been rewarding.
"It's a really nice story and he's a great young man, too," Dean said. "We have a great group here."
For many of Dean's group, Saturday will mark the end of a career in terms of football.
Ball is included, but will try to establish a career elsewhere by attending the University of Northwestern Ohio and pursuing a degree in diesel technology. He was unable to find a school that offered both football and that particular degree, and Ball made the decision to hang up his pads for good.
He admitted he would eventually like to return to the game as a coach, but after a devastating knee injury nearly kept him out of the most important games of his senior season, having one more game and being able to write his own ending will be closure enough.
"No regrets, but it's going to be bittersweet," Ball said. "I feel blessed to at least have one more game under my belt."
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