The 2013-14 high school sports season really will come to a close on Friday, July 11, when San Diego County's top high school football players take the field for the 24th annual Alex Spanos All-Star Classic. Game time is 7 p.m. at Mesa College.
The game remains California’s longest-running high school all-star football game. Once again, the format features the North All-Stars versus the South All-Stars. The South has won the last three games, including last year’s 40-7 triumph, though the North continues to hold a slight 10-9 edge in the series under the current format.
Eleven Metro Conference alums are on the South team: Olympian’s Jordan Fagan, Dylan Jensen and Rey Osuna; Eastlake’s Emilio Rodriguez and Keifer Graham; Otay Ranch’s Justin Doton and Jeremy Gula; and Mater Dei Catholic’s Iman Chatman, Mar Vista’s Andrew Robinson, Castle Park’s Robert Stretch and Hilltop’s David Vasquez.
Graham recently was awarded a Provost’s Gold Merit scholarship to attend Baylor University.
"It's awesome, it's exciting for these guys," Mater Dei Catholic head coach John Joyner offered about the local selections. "The Spanos game is big for the city."
Olympian coach Paul Van Nostrand echoed Joyner's comments, calling it an honor to be selected to participate in the game.
Grossmont’s Tom Karlo will coach the South team while San Pasqual’s Tony Corley will coach the North team.
The South team expects to air out the ball behind San Diego Section record-setting quarterback Anthony Lawrence and a talented receiving corps.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Lawrence, who is headed to the University of San Diego to continue his football career, set section records for career passing yards (9,079) most completed passes in a career (710), most passes completed in one game (39) and most career touchdown passes (96).
He passed for 3,297 yards and 41 touchdowns last season, averaging 274.8 yards per game, as the Foothillers (9-3) advanced to the Division I quarterfinals.
Serra’s Hunter Correll, who is ticketed to play at Southwestern College, also will share quarterbacking duties in Friday’s game with Lawrence. Correll (6-2, 175) passed for 1,438 yards and 16 touchdowns last season in leading the Conquistadors to a final 7-4 record and league championship.
Mater Dei Catholic’s Chatman, who is bound for New Mexico State, looks to join Grossmont grads J.T. Barnes and Christian Brooks as prime receiving targets in Friday’s game. Chatman averaged nearly 20 yards per catch last season for the Crusaders while Brooks caught 92 passes for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns and Barnes gathered in 52 aerials for 723 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Chatman stands 6-1 and weighs 190 pounds while Barnes is 6-3 and 200 pounds and Brooks is 6-0 and 175 pounds.
Karlo and his Foothillers staff look to pattern the South team’s offense after Grossmont’s up-tempo game that averaged 438 yards and 44 points last season.
Also joining the South receivers are Steele Canyon’s Lawrence Dickens (5-8, 170), Mt. Miguel’s Javon Richardson (6-2, 210), Serra’s Calvin Crocket (6-3, 185) and Madison’s Vincent Parrish (6-2, 185).
Dickens amassed 816 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last season while Richardson totaled 455 yards and five scores.
The South running backs include Serra’s Willie Martinez (5-8, 170), Madison’s K.J. Moore (6-2, 200) and Mt. Miguel’s Ben Lomiboa (5-11, 195).
Martinez rushed for 1,070 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while Moore rushed for 871 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Robinson (6-3, 245), Fagan (6-5, 270) and Jensen (5-10, 240) will help buttress the South team’s offensive line that also includes Madison’s Carson Hermosillo (6-3, 240), Jake Vermillion (6-4, 280) and Dotun Ogundeji (6-1, 250), El Capitan’s Josh Brooks (6-2, 255), Mt. Miguel’s Miracle Tausaga (6-0, 240), Helix’s Jalen Wyatt (6-1, 255) and Mira Mesa’s Travis Castro (5-9, 245).
Stretch (6-2, 300) and Rodriguez (6-3, 265) will help man the South team’s defensive line that also includes Grossmont’s Kalvin Waters (6-1, 205), Hoover’s Jose Barraza (6-2, 240), Helix’s Xavier Tuitele (6-1, 245), Madison’s Sam Vermillion (6-4, 260), Cathedral Catholic’s Kyle Davis (6-1, 240) and La Jolla’s Justin Cook (6-4, 230).
Metro grads dominate the South team’s linebacker corps with five of the eight slots filled. Joining Doton (6-0, 215), Graham (5-9, 185), Osuna (5-9, 185), Vasquez (6-2, 200) and Gula (6-0, 217) are Helix’s Jabrion Burnside (6-0, 210) and Isaiah young (5-11, 200) and Mission Bay’s Juan Bautista (6-1, 185).
Graham led the Metro-Mesa League champion Titans last season with 114 tackles, including 88 unassisted tackles. Osuna netted one interception, one fumble recovery and two caused fumbles for the Eagles in 2013.
Vasquez led the Lancers last season with 95 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
The South team’s defensive backs include Mt. Miguel’s Davaughn Murray (6-1, 185), Monte Vista’s Jemeil Jackson (5-11, 180), University City’s Kyle LeBlanc (6-1, 170), Mission Bay’s Derrel Whitaker (5-8, 175), Damonte Holliday (5-11, 195) and Morse’s Darius Wilson (6-0, 170).
Murray scored two touchdowns on kick-off returns last season.
West Hills’ Daniel McManus (6-2, 190) will serve as the South team’s place-kicker/punter. McManus was successful on 29 of 30 extra-point attempts last season and split the uprights on 14 of 17 field goal attempts.
The game benefits the High School Sports Association of San Diego County and will feature the first official appearance by the 2014 Chargers Girls squad.
Tickets for the game are available at the gate and are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Mater Dei Catholic receiver Evan Beebe (Cheney State) was a late addition to the South team roster, giving the Metro Conference 12 selections in the spotlight contest.
The South rallied to post a come-from-behind 21-17 victory over the North in Friday's game to claim its fourth consecutive victory and even the series format at 10 wins apiece. Grossmont alum Christian Brooks scored the game-winning touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Serra graduate Hunter Correll with 2:33 to play in regulation. The game-winning TD was set up by a 50-yard interception return by Mt. Miguel's Davaughn Murray.
The North took a 17-14 lead with just under seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter when former San Pasqual signal-caller Sebastian Tengan connected with ex-Eagles teammate Grant Huffman on an 80-yard catch and carry through the South secondary.
Tengan earned MVP honors for the North team after passing for 264 yards and two TDs; Correll was named the South MVP.
The South scored first on a two-yard run by Madison's K.J. Moore; Serra's Willie Martinez scored the South's second touchdown on a 17-yard pass from Grossmont's Anthony Lawrence.
The North collected four turnovers in the game, including three fumbles and an interception by Ramona's Nathan Cherek. The South sealed this year's win on a pair of sacks after the North rallied with two possessions in the waning minutes.
Lawrence finished the game with 132 passing yards.
The South led, 7-3, at halftime but trailed 10-7 early in the fourth quarter. The South went back in front, 14-10, on Martinez's touchdown before the North rallied to take the lead at 17-14 to set up the wild finish.
Eighth annual South County Passing Tournament
July 11-12 at Southwestern College
July 11: pool play, 32 teams, eight four0team pools
July 12: Top eight teams vs. bottom eight teams, 9 a.m. Middle teams play-off, 10 a.m. Play continues in winners brackerts and losers brackets the rest of the day
POOL ROUND STANDINGS
University City Centurions 3-0
San Ysidro Cougars 2-1
Lincoln Hornets 1-2
Cougars 10, Spartans 0
Centurions 29, Hornets 11
Centurions 21, Cougars 8
Hornets 30, Spartans 22
Cougars 25, Hornet 19
Centurions 36, Spartans 33
Mt. Miguel Matadors 3-0
Torrey Pines Falcons 2-1
Horizon Panthers 1-2
Eastlake Titans 0-3
Falcons 26, Titans 20
Matadors 38, Panthers 33
Matadors 47, Falcons 39
Panthers 35, Titans 26
Falcons 35, Panthers 14
Matadors 28, Titans 2
Bonita Vista Barons 2-1
Morse Tigers 2-1
Steele Canyon Cougars 2-1
Palo Verde Yellow Jackets 0-3
Cougars 46, Yellow Jackets 34
Barons 15, Tigers 12
Cougars 22, Barons 14
Tigers 40, Yellow Jackets 26
Tigers 28, Cougars 25
Barons 49, Yellow Jackets 26
Monte Vista Monarchs 3-0
Hilltop Lancers 2-1
Coronado Islanders 1-2
Rock Academy Warriors 0-3
Monarchs 23, Islanders 9
Lancers 39, Warriors 6
Lancers 35, Islanders 7
Monarchs 32, Warriors 2
Monarchs 28, Lancers 22
Islanders 19, Warriors 8
Olympian Eagles 3-0
Mira Mesa Marauders 2-1
Valhalla Norsemen 1-2
Southwest Raiders 0-3
Eagles 16, Norsemen 15
Marauders 21, Raiders 16
Norsemen 23, Raiders 13
Eagles 34, Marauders 29
Marauders 15, Norsemen 6
Eagles 21, Raiders 12
Murrieta Mesa Rams 1-0-2
Cathedral Catholic Dons 1-1-1
Chula Vista Spartans 1-1-1
Castle Park Trojans 1-2
Dons 33, Rams 33
Spartans 36, Trojans 31
Trojans 34, Dons 29
Spartans 33, Rams 33
Dons 53, Spartans 12
Rams 31, Trojans 23
St. Augustine Saints 3-0
Kearny Komets 2-1
Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders 1-2
Montgomery Aztecs 0-3
Saints 33, Crusaders 15
Komets 13, Aztecs 2
Komets 18, Crusaders 13
Saints 27, Aztecs 0
Crusaders 20, Aztecs 18
Saints 36, Komets 12
Christian Patriots 3-0
Sweetwater Red Devils 2-1
Crawford Colts 1-2
Otay Ranch Mustangs 0-3
Patriots 42, Red Devils 7
Colts 25, Mustangs 15
Red Devils 10, Colts 4
Patriots 42, Mustangs 6
Red Devils 8, Mustangs 4
Patriots 52, Colts 13
Saturday, July 12
9 a.m. games
Steele Canyon 29, Coronado 13
Morse 24, San Ysidro 2
Bonita Vista 24, Crawford 7
Castle Park 28, Valhalla 22
Mater Dei Catholic 16, Sweetwater 12
Cathedral Catholic 26, Lincoln 20
Murrieta Mesa 35, Mira Mesa 26 Horizon defeated Chula Vista (varsity)
10 a.m. games
Christian 46, Chula Vista (JV) 6
Mt. Miguel 44, Rock Academy 23
St. Augustine 40, Otay Ranch 14
University City 23, Southwest 4
Eastlake 21, Monte Vista 19
Palo Verde 34, Olympian 33
Torrey Pines 37, Montgomery 16
Hilltop 21, Kearny 14
11 a.m. games
Christian defeated Horizon
Steele Canyon defeated Hilltop
Castle Park defeated Eastlake
University City defeated Mater Dei Catholic
Bonita Vista defeated Palo Verde
St. Augustine defeated Cathedral Catholic
Torrey Pines defeated Morse
Mt. Miguel defeated Murrieta Mesa
Steele Canyon defeated Christian
Castle Park defeated University City
St. Augustine defeated Bonita Vista
Torrey Pines defeated Mt. Miguel
Steele Canyon defeated Castle Park
St. Augustine defeated Torrey Pines
St. Augustine 33, Steele Canyon 30
11 a.m. games
Kearny defeated Chula Vista (JV)
Coronado defeated Chula Vista (varsity)
Valhalla defeated Monte Vista
Southwest defeated Sweetwater
Olympian defeated Crawford
Otay Ranch defeated Lincoln
San Ysidro defeated Montgomery
Mira Mesa defeated Rock Academy
Kearny defeated Coronado
Valhalla defeated Southwest
Olympian defeated Otay Ranch
Mira Mesa defeated San Ysidro
Kearny defeated Valhalla
Mira Mesa defeated Olympian
Mira Mesa 31, Kearny 2