This year's game was a little different from those in recent memory, but was still a great game to watch. The North was simply more talented overall and had a distinct size advantage. The North landed up winning for the first time in 4 years and the final score was 21-0. Highland's Ian Clark, La Cueva's Frankie Baca and St. Pius' Kevin Gonzales all had very impressive games and were the lone scorers in the game.
North's Offensive player of the game:
Frankie Baca (La Cueva)- Mr. Baca showed some great speed and elusiveness but also had some great looking stiff arms and even lowered his head and trucked a couple of unsuspecting southern all stars.
North's Defensive player of the game:
Zach Arnett (La Cueva)- To put it plain and simple….Zach loves to hit! Zach stands 5'11, 195 and hits like he is 6'3, 230. He was responsible for about 5 jaw dropping hits through out the game, among other solid tackles he had. One of those jaw droppers caused a fumble and allowed the North to take the ball with great field position. If Zach was 6'3, he could probably have had his pick of any college in the nation.
North's surprise player of the game:
Jonathan Milligan (St. Pius)- It seemed Jonathan was kind of out of place on this monstrous squad, but he didn't let his size get in the way at all. His 6'0, 215lb body wasn't huge compared to some of his teammates but his quickness off the ball was evident on both sides of the ball. While playing defense John was simply too fast for the South offensive line and was a constant in the South's backfield. John also was a great lead blocker for Frankie Baca on his TD run.
North's most physically impressive player:
R- Phillip Harrison with North coach Judge Chavez
Philip Harrison (Highland)- This kid is 6'4, 275 lbs and was arguably the quickest player on the field. His 275 pounds looked extremely lean and if he needed to could probably gain another 30 pounds in college and not lose much quickness. Harrison was recruited heavily by the in state schools and had mild interest from some BCS schools. The recruiting world is a hit and miss business and those BCS schools that over looked Harrison because of where he plays his high school ball are soon going to be extremely regretful. This young man is going to be a star in college.
South's Offensive player of the game:
Robbie Smith(Artesia)- At only 5'10, 235 lbs Smith was definitely not the biggest OL in this all star game but was one of the few bright spots for the South offense. He consistently drove his man out of position and seemed to miss very few blocks. He was very technically sound and got after it big time.
South's defensive player of the game:
Jacob Jones (Clovis)- provided great coverage for the South and made it next to impossible for North receivers to get open. He provided the South's only big play of the night when he intercepted a ball in the end zone.
South's surprise player of the game:
Ryan Bencomo (Silver)- Bencomo was flying all over the field and did make some pretty good hits. He looked a step quicker than the rest of the South defenders and showed exactly why Silver had such a successful season this past fall. At 5'11, 215 Ryan has a good set of physical tools to build on if he chooses to continue to play football in college.
South's most physically impressive player:
Jarrod Klassen (Silver)- Klassen was overall the biggest Southern all star, standing 6'3, 235. He was very quick off the ball and seems to have a good frame to build on. Jarrod could probably be a great DE at a smaller D-I school with some hard work.