3A-1A All Star Game Recap

North dominate in 30-0 route at Surprise Stadium on Friday


The North squad showed early that they were going to pound the ball behind their big offensive line, driving the field and eating up 6 minutes of the first quarter. While they did not score on this drive, it set the tempo for the game. They were going to play physical football on both sides of the ball and that rang true from whistle to whistle.

The North defense forced a three and out and this time the North put some points on the board. Continuing with their game plan, they pounded the ball but hit 'em were it hurt when Payson QB Ridge Halenar hooked up with TJ Peters from Round Valley for a 30 yard score. 7-0 at the end of 1.

The Red's misfortunes continued on their next possession when they dropped a snap on the punt and ended up kicking the ball through the back of the endzone for a safety. 9-0 North.

Blue Ridge's Dustin Summers picked off a South pass and raced in for a score and the game was seemingly put of hand with 9:53 to play in the 2nd quarter. 16-0.

It was Summers again, picking off another pass. This one set up a Nate DeSantiago to TJ Peters TD pass to make the score 23-0 at the half.

Halenar found Shane Keith from Payson for a 45 yard score in the 3rd to mae it 30-0, which would be the final.


The North dominated this game from start to finish. I mentioned their tough running up front and their opportunistic passing attack but the defense was great. Summers had two nice INTs and the defense could not be run on with Bryan Burke, David Carlen and Steel Armstrong leading the way.

Game Ball

Payson QB Ridge Halenar was given the MVP trophy tonight.

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