The South Shall rise again, but not today. I'm not taking about the civil war, where hopefully everyone has gotten the memo that the North has won. I'm taking about the North vs. the South "KCRA 3 Holiday Classic" football game in Sacramento. This is a football game between the best high school football seniors from the North area (Sacramento) and the South area (Stockton/Modesto) of the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Mason Magelby, QB - Del Oro high school, at the line. He was one of two QB's for the North.
The North took home the victory for the third year in a row. The game was held at Sacramento Grant High School's football field and rightly so since the Grant Pacers is the best high school football team in the state and one of the best in the country. While the game was a blow out for the North, it gave football fans, like me, one last glance at some of the best talent in the northern California. Grant High School was well represented as the score indicated.
Grant's star QB, an all purpose player, Kipeli Koniseti suited up to play line backer for the North, while the South had familiar players like Demarieya Nelson, Chavez High School, playing the running back position.
Grant head coach Mike Alberghini coordinated the defense this past week for this all star game. He's flanked by his Grant players Jeremiah Toma, on his left, and all purpose player, and Grant QB, Kipeli Koniseti #03.
Grant High School was a great venue for the game, a great day to watch it followed by a great crowd as well. It was awesome to be surrounded by players from almost every school in the section. They all wore their school's helmet on the field. Many decorated their helmets with the initials of their team mate's schools initials. While others had art work on their helmets, signifying the end of its use and a souvenir they will have for life.
This is definitely the last game of their high school careers for these young men. Some will play at the next level; some will continue their education and some will join the work force. It's time for these young men to turn the page and start a new chapter in their lives. If how they played high school football is a measuring stick of how well they will do in their lives, then they will all be successful men. They all suited up one last time as high school football players for " the love of the game".
Good luck gentlemen.
Demarieya Nelson of Chavez high school.
Jeremiah Toma #33 of Grant high school.
Darvin McCauley # 5, Grant High School, takes a hit.
Alfred Gross, Lincoln high school of Stockton, intercepts a pass.
David Graves, QB-Folsom high school, at the line. The North had an explosive day offensively as they shut out the South 41-0.