Duck All-Stars in Action

On Friday night several Oregon recruits played prominent roles in the annual Orange County Prep All-Star Football Game, pitting the North against the South. Led by future Ducks Charles Neal and Eddie Pleasant, the North prevailed 22-10 in a game that was largely dominated by defense and special teams play.

Eddie Pleasant rarely left the field since he was a team captain and started at both the running back and outside linebacker positions for the North squad. In a game that didn't offer a lot of offense, Pleasant was the second leading rusher with 29 yards on 7 carries including a key successful fourth and one conversion early in the contest. Eddie was also all over the field on defense and was credited with four solo tackles.

Charles Neal

Former Duck linebacker and current Kennedy teacher and assistant football coach, Garrett Sabol, was also in the stands to support his protégé. Garrett, who was donning an Oregon shirt, is elated that Pleasant is headed to Eugene. However, no undo influence was involved in the decision and Sabol asserts, "Eddie has always followed Oregon and it didn't matter who offered him, he wanted to be a Duck."

The games leading rusher will also report to Oregon in August. Charles Neal ran for 46 yards on 10 carries. Unfortunately, his offensive line struggled most of the night and Charles was clearly frustrated until he broke off a bruising 20 yard run that set up the North's final touchdown.

Eddie Pleasant

Representing the South was Saddleback wide receiver and Oregon signee Rishard Matthews. The North was parked on a comfortable 16-3 advantage in the third quarter until Matthews reeled in a 35 yard scoring strike to make things interesting. In the end, the electric Rishard was the game's leading receiver with three catches for 90 yards. Matthews wants to be a Duck in the worst way but will need to take a detour through Santa Ana Community College first to get his academics in order. However, he was adamant that he will ultimately land at Oregon and added, "I wish that you had a recorder because I'll still be there."

It was simply a beautiful summer night to enjoy a football game in front of 7300 fans at Orange Coast College. The Oregon Ducks continue to mine the talent rich "OC" largely due to the impressive recruiting efforts of defensive backs coach John Neal.

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