This game named in honor of the former and courageous Los Gatos High coach went down to the wire as the South beat the North, 19-15, on Wednesday, July 24 before a reported crowd of 6,000 at San Jose City College. The 27th edition of the Santa Clara County game featured Stanford-bound QB Trent Edwards leading the North team. Edwards finished with 12 completions in 18 attempts for 114 yards and one TD plus one TD rushing. But the Los Gatos signal caller was sacked four times in the fourth quarter and was not able to lead his team to the win. The South team scored all 19 of its points in the first half, two on touchdown passes by Lincoln High's Tyler Silva. Greg Lovely of Gunderson caught one of those TD passes and set up another by catching a pass that went for 44 yards.
Fighting broke out at the end of the 46th annual edition of this game, played Friday, July 26 at American River College. In fact, the fights were so bad that postgame coverage in the Sacramento Bee focused on whether the game would even be held again. This year's game ended in a 29-29 tie.
Santa Barbara County
You could say the North chuyed up the South as Santa Maria QB Chuy Frausto (pronounced Chew-ey) led his team to a 28-0 victory. Frausto completed 11 of 16 passes for 144 yards and one TD. He also led an offense that ran off 67 plays for 302 yards to only 30 plays and 73 yards for the South. The game at Lompoc High's Huyck Stadium was played Friday, July 26 and drew a reported crowd of nearly 4,000.
The 36th annual Tulare/Kings All-Star Football Game on Saturday, July 27 at Bob Mathias Stadium resulted in a tie. East 21, West 21 before what was described as a poor crowd of 1,000. The East had a chance to win it with 39 seconds left, but missed a 31-yard field goal. Hanford West's Louis Burrell scored on a 67-yard reception and on a 27-yard catch to lead the West. The big play for the East was a 60-yard flea-flicker pass that went from Exeter's Jared Cleaver to Coalinga's Ross Sprague.
Northern Section Lions Game
Corning's Kyle Harbaugh was the young man in the spotlight after rushing for a game record 191 yards and scoring three touchdowns in the North's 27-26 win over the South. But Harbaugh was not the one who won the game for the North. That would be quarterback John Black and receiver Blake Thorn, who hooked up on a dramatic 10-yard touchdown pass with just four seconds left. This was the 25th annual edition of the CIF Northern Section game and it was held on Saturday, August 3 at Shasta College in Redding.