Sertoma all-stars pumped for big game
Sun News Service
Hug coach Rollins Stallworth expects a “fun and festive” contest for three quarters when the annual Sertoma All-Star Football Game takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mackay Stadium.
But when the fourth quarter rolls around, Stallworth said it will be serious business in which he’ll do everything possible to win the game. Stallworth has the talent that gives him the chance to execute his game plan when his Silver team takes on the Blue on Friday.
Once again the format in which Stallworth and Blue coach Dave McLean of Lovelock “drafted” schools in an effort to make the game as evenly matched as possible.
“The new method is definitely the way to go,” Stallworth said. “It at least guarantees on paper the sense that the teams are going to have equal representation of the best athletes in the area.”
Stallworth obviously had somewhat of a built-in advantage as his roster is stacked with players from his Hawks team that finished as the NIAA 4A State runner-up last season. Stallworth also ended up with players from McQueen, whose Hug team beat for last year’s Northern 4A crown.
But the cupboard isn’t exactly bear for the Blue, which has strong representation from NIAA 3A State Champion Truckee, which many believed was among the state’s top teams at any level. The Blue also has players from Galena, which gave McQueen all it could handle in last year’s Northern 4A semifinals.
Both teams will also have several outstanding running backs in the game.
Among the top running backs for the Blue will be Spring Creek’s James Edwards, Galena’s Ryan Krueger and Truckee wingback Ben Tonon. For the Silver will be Hug’s Gabe Dobbins, Carson’s Bryan Maffei and Yerington’s Ricky Menesini.
In addition to Tonon, the Wolverines will field split end Brandon Peterson, safety John Hooper, defensive tackle Jorge Vasquez, tight end Alfredo Oropeza and linebacker Scott Decker.
“It’s gonna be awesome. I’m so pumped,” Tonon said of playing in his final high school football game. “I didn’t think I’d be this excited, but once I put the helmet back on … it brought back memories.”
Suiting up for North Tahoe will be offensive guard and linebacker Eli Osborn, who chose to represent his school over attending his senior trip to Disneyland. That’s a good thing for the Blue squad.
“He’s kind of like a Tasmanian devil,” Lakers coach Scott Everist said of Osborn. “He’s all over the field. He’s a big hitter and he’s quick.
“He likes to do his talking with his pads.”
While Stallworth said he lacks depth at running back on his Silver team, it’s hard to feel sorry for him when he talks about having to use his outstanding linebacker, Hug’s Darren Shepherd at fullback. “I don’t think he’ll do that bad of a job,” Stallworth said.
He added that some players will have to play both ways. Among those who likely will go both ways and has been impressive is Fallon’s Rick Cornu, who plays receiver and defensive back.
Along with Cornu, there’s plenty of talent at receiver with Hug’s Darryl Feemster, Carson’s Scott Witter and Maffei.
Sylas Wright contributed to this story
Spring Creek ” Edwards, Carlson, Cox, Watkins; North Tahoe ” Osborn; Truckee ” Tonon, Hooper, Vazquez, Oropeza, Decker, Peterson; Wooster ” Guerra; Battle Mountain ” Radford, Packer; Sparks ” Osborn; Silver Stage ” Tromerhauser; Whittell ” Young; Dayton ” Stokes.
Lovelock ” Ward, Montes; Reed ” Tom, McHenry, Makoutz, Rousseau, Siewierski, Mariluch, Cohen; Galena ” Ripsom, Dowty, Aikin, Fritsche, Ernst, Krueger; North Valleys ” Peapealalo, McNaugh, Croxon; Spanish Springs ” Maloy, Gentry, Berry.
Carson ” Taylor, Walther, Dittenber, Maffei, Witter, Jesse; Douglas ” Fry, Barnard, Guzman; Elko ” Inman, Anderson, Yopps; Fallon ” Cornu, Hyde; Fernley ” Hodges, Carter, Ainsworth, Kaiser; Hug ” McKinish, Shepherd, Pahulu, Feemster, Rowe, Hart, Kosub, Dobbins, Niko.
Manogue ” Sylvester, Sampson; McQueen ” Parker, Ahmadi, Manu, Riley, Surina, Wickes; Pahrump ” Liguori, Dannenberg; Reno High ” Hemsath, Vikre, Simons, Hume; South Tahoe ” Skelly; Yerington ” Richardson, Gilmore, Menesini; Lowry ” Ferraro.
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