Texas Freshmen Shine as South Tops North

The South All-Stars defeated the North, 14-0 on Tuesday night in the THSCA All-Star Game as seven incoming Longhorn freshmen showed their stuff as high school football players for one last time.

All-Star games tend to be high scoring affairs, but tough defense and big hits dominated the the day. To start things off, the North was quickly forced to punt the ball away on its opening drive and it would set the tone for the rest of the game.

The first play for the North defense featured a pair of Texas freshmen. As South QB Jeff Welch handed off to RB Bradley Stephens, DT Michael Wilcoxon blasted through the line and both he and LB Keenan Robinson wrapped up Stephens.

The hero of the South's opening drive would be Texas freshman Brandon Collins. The WR/DB (who made a strong case for staying at wideout Tuesday night) caught a 24-yard spinning catch as he tip-toed the sideline to give the South All-Stars first and goal at the 2. Collins was actually covered on the play by Texas WR Malcolm Williams, who lined up at both wide receiver and cornerback in the game. One play later, Stephens plowed into the endzone to put the first score on the board.

It ended up being the only score of the first half. Each team coughed up a pair of turnovers in the first half and neither could move the ball. The North squad had zero passing yards in the first half and only 39 rushing yards.

The start of the second half wasn't much different. Thomas had trouble gathering in the kickoff and was nailed at the six-yard-line by a fellow Texas signee in Robinson. The game remained scoreless throughout the third quarter and the next score didn't come until late in the fourth when Hempstead wide receiver Chris Tate pulled in a diving catch in the middle of the endzone to give the South a 14-0 lead.

With five minutes to go, the North threatened, moving inside the South 10, but quarterback Logan Turner fumbled the ball on a draw play, the South All-Stars took back over on offense and held on for the victory.

Each of the Texas signees played solid in a game that gave few offensive highlights.

Cornerback Earl Thomas rarely gave his man a chance to catch the ball and showed excellent tackling skills for a 5-10, 170-pound cornerback. Williams had some good break-ups on D and stretched the offense when the North did throw. Wilcoxon stuffed the middle. Robinson had some big stops and hits.

But the best performance by a Texas freshman came from Tray Allen. Allen, working as the left tackle in the North's wishbone attack, displayed strong, driving blocks and defended the quarterback well when his squad did throw. Allen was also a leader for the North All-Stars and was voted a team captain by his teammates. He made few mistakes and played solid football in a slow, grinding ballgame that ended up being a losing effort for the North.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was on hand to watch his brother Chance play wide receiver. All Texas players report for August camp on Sunday, with the first practice at Denius Fields at 6:45 p.m. on Monday.

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