2007 East/West S.W.O.F.C.A. All-Star Game

Bearcat Insider was at Colerain High School on Thursday evening to watch four future Bearcats perform in the Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association East/West All-Star Game.

The Bearcats were well represented in the 2007 East/West All-Star Football Game Thursday evening at Colerain High School.  Bryant Thomas (S) and Ricardo Thompson (LB) of Withrow High School teamed with Frank Becker (DT) of Moeller High School to help the East squad to a 28-18 victory.  However, the star of the evening was Hughes Center running back Montez Patterson.  Patterson scored two touchdowns and had a third called back for the losing West squad.


-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 University of Toledo, but there was a clear difference in the ability of these two young men.  Simpson struggles to get anything going while Patterson was a threat to score every time he touched the football.


-Other Division IA players in the game included Andy Wersel from Moeller who has signed with Westerm Michigan.  Wersel played defensive end at a listed 6' 2"/240 pounds, but Andy is very active and may have led the East team in tackles.  Ohio University equaled the Bearcats with four participants-defensive lineman Jeff King (6' 2"/280) of Wyoming High School, offensive lineman Joe Flading (6' 4"/256) from Anderson High School, defensive lineman Curtis Myers (6' 2"/245) from Harrison High and wide receiver Riley Dunlop (6' 1"/175) of Lakota East.  Jonathan Davis (6' 1"/182) from Winton Woods is a good looking athlete who will play his college ball at the Air Force Academy.  Running back Ryan Collado (5' 9"/175) of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy will play at Minnesota while athletic Gary Pride (5' 9"/185) from Colerain will play at Akron next season..        

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