Friday, Jul. 06, 2012
All-Stars: Los Banos players helped North's cause
By David Witte / firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS BANOS A gaggle of Los Banos players contribute to the North's 40-3 win in the 27th annual North/South Rotary All-Star Game Friday at Golden Valley's Veterans Stadium in Merced.
With offensive and defensive sets subbing in and out for each drive, it was hard for either team to get in a groove. But the North's offense found its rhythm, with Matt Roberson (Escalon) and Ernie Teal (Golden Valley) each finding the end zone for first-half rushing touchdowns. Buhach Colony quarterback Nick Datray found Riverbank receiver Alex Reynaga for a 26-yard strike in the second quarter.
Los Banos had two players on the team's offense, with lineman Bryce Howard seeing plenty of time at right tackle and fullback Paul Jacob clearing holes behind him. Paul saw a handful of carries as well.
"It feels great that I can still compete after not doing anything for so long," Jacob said. "I feel like we all represented Los Banos well."
It was Howard's second all-star game in three weeks, coming off a loss in the Lions' game.
"It's hard to put a team together in three days, whether it's offense or defense," said Howard, who will play for the NAIA's Menlo College in the fall. "The skill level's good, they're all good players, but it's just whoever put in the better offense and better defense."
On defense, inside linebacker Adrian Rivas, outside linebacker Greg Williams and safety Tramane Moore all got in on the act, helping shut the South offense down.
"I feel like we did a heck of a job representing Los Banos. I'm proud of us," Rivas said. "We only allowed three points. That's pretty good."
Williams batted down a pass at one point that, had it been caught, would have been a sure touchdown.
"It was a blast, one more game with the guys I grew up with," said Williams, who is headed to the NAIA's Sterling College in Kansas. "And 40-3 makes it all that much more fun."
Dos Palos' Kailan Hill was one of the featured running backs for the South, and came close to scoring a touchdown before Rivas tackled him to seal the North's goal-line stand late in the game.
"I was surprised," Rivas said. "At first I was worried, like maybe I wouldn't be able to compete with them, but I thought I did pretty good. It meant a lot."
Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at email@example.com
NORTH/SOUTH ROTARY ALL-STAR GAME
NORTH 40, SOUTH 3
South0 0 3 0 -- 3
North7 16 7 10 -- 40
N-- Matt Roberson 4 run (Kurtis Bettencourt kick)
N-- Bettencourt 43 FG
N-- Ernie Teal 3 run (Bettencourt kick)
N-- Alex Reynaga 26 pass from Nick Datray (conversion failed)
S-- Arturo Mendez 25 FG
N-- Marcus Hernandez 71 run (Bettencourt kick)
N-- Bettencourt 32 FG
N-- Bryant Brown 12 pass from Andrew Olson (Bettencourt kick)