The Bearcats were well represented in the 2007 East/West All-Star
Football Game Thursday evening at
-Frank Becker was an East team captain and started at defensive tackle. The Division I state wrestling champ who will play center for UC played a lot throughout the evening. I had Becker with two sacks and another assisted tackle during the night. One sack was for a loss of 3 yards and the other for an 8 yard loss.
-Bryant Thomas, who will walk-on at UC, started at safety for the East. Bryant was recruited by the Bearcats as an athlete so it's unclear at what position he'll begin his college career.
-Ricardo Thompson played primarily linebacker for the East, but he also got some snaps at defensive end. From that defensive end position, Ricardo made a nice tackle on a quarterback keeper that would have gone for a big gain otherwise.
-Montez Patterson was clearly the best offensive player on the field. His first rushing attempt was up the gut, and it went 80 yards for a touchdown. Montez broke a tackle in the box and then outran everyone down the middle of the field to the goalline. It was an impressive display of power and speed. Patterson also had a 17 yard run in the first half that might have gone for another score, but he barely stepped out of bounds. Early in the second half, Montez had a 40 yard touchdown run called back for a holding penalty, but in the final stanza, he scored standing up on a 10 yard sweep. For the evening, I had Patterson with 8 carries for 118 yards and one pass reception for an additional 5 yards.
-After the game, Montez talked about the 80 yard score. "I ran over my cousin, Montez Straughn (6' 3"/240 defensive lineman from Roger Bacon). I hit the hole, and it was kind of clogged. I saw Montez and broke to the left. Ricardo (Thompson) got sucked in under, and it was nothing but field."
-Also on the West squad was Hosea Simpson (RB) of Winton Woods who has
signed a letter of intent to attend the
-Other Division IA players in the game included Andy
Wersel from Moeller who has signed with Westerm