There tends to be a negative stereotype regarding the football being played in the 1A-3A ranks but last night at Surprise Stadium a very good football game was played. It has been six months since football has been played but the Southern and Northern all stars battled all the way down to the final minute before a winner was decided.
With only a few days of practice
and several months of rust to shake off, both teams opened up with a ton of
running. The North team pounded the ball utilizing Valley Christian RB JB Brissette, Snowflake's Paul Johnson and Northwest Community
Christian's Kyle Young while the
South used Coolidge's Brandon Jacobs
and Santa Cruz RB Manuel Romero. But
as is typical of teams of teams with little practice time, the defense came out
on top for the 1st quarter and most of the game. Solid defense was
played by the North's DB Clint
The North's only scoring
opportunity in the 1st quarter came on a Kyle Young 42 yard field goal to put
them up 3-0. While the South's only score came on an 8 yard
The 2nd half looked as if there would be more scoring as the South, led by Coolidge's Angel Felix (Small School Player of the Year), came out with no backs and aired out the football. Felix found Coolidge teammate Oscar Palacios for several big gains and RB Brandon Jacobs made several good runs of his own. But the only scoring of the 2nd half took place midway through the 3rd quarter, when Snowflake RB Paul Johnson (signed with MCC) scampered 28 yards to pay dirt. This score was set up by a 37 yard Clint Morgan (St. Johns) to Nick Schroeder (AZ Lutheran) pass and made the score 10-6.
The South would make one last scoring attempt. Felix led a drive inside the North 30 yard line with less than 1 minute to play but Paul Johnson intercepted Felix in the end zone and returned it 60 yards to end the game.
Some standouts for the game were Valley Christian RB JB Brissette, St. Johns DB Clint Morgan, Coolidge's Brandon Jacobs, Angel Felix and Oscar Palacios, AZ Lutheran OL Phil Class, Queen Creek LB Garrett Locke, Safford's Mke McHugh and the Winslow tandem of Orlando Vargas and Carlos Quezada. Snowflake RB Paul Johnson was named MVP but all players should be congratulated. Many of them showed that they could compete at any HS level and the staff at 24-7 would like to wish all of them luck as they pursue their football goals at higher institutions.