3A-1A All Star Game Recap

Final game for 3A-1A's best players

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 Morgan (St. John's), Brissette and DT Robert Finch (AZ Lutheran). Leading the charge for the South was 3A South Region Co-Defensive Player of the year, Garrett Locke from Queen Creek.


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 Brandon Fairfield (Fountain Hills) to Russell Toumberlin (Miami) TD pass. The extra point was no good and those two possessions would be the only scoring of the 1st half as the South took a 6-3 lead into halftime.


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.

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