Saturday, July 12, 2014

Spanos Classic: South Holds Off Late Rally

MESA COLLEGE (07/11/2014) Leading 17-14 with 6:54 left to play, the North had possession on the South's side of the field and was threatening to extend their lead by two scores.

That was until free safety Devaughn Murray came through with an interception and returned it 50 yards the other way.

The clutch play by the former Mount Miguel standout set up a game-winning nine-yard touchdown pass from Serra’s Hunter Correll to Grossmont's Christian Brooks as the South came away with a 21-17 win in Friday night's 24th annual Alex Spanos All-Star Classic.

"It was Christian all the way," said Correll, who earned MVP honors for the South. "I just closed my eyes, hoped it was a touchdown, and it worked."

With the South leading 7-3 at the end of the third quarter, the game looked as if it would end in a low scoring affair, but things picked up in the fourth quarter with both teams putting up 14 points each.

"I want to see a high flying all-star game that's a lot of fun," said South coach Tom Karlo. "That fourth quarter was a lot of fun."

"I think the fans enjoyed it and we enjoyed it."

In a losing effort, quarterback Sebastian Tengan earned MVP honors for the North. The former San Pasqual signal caller threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns. His 80-yard strike to San Pasqual teammate JaJuan Thomas set up a 14-yard touchdown pass to Ramona's T-Bone Williams that gave the North a 10-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The South answered back with a 17-yard touchdown run by Serra's Willie Martinez, but the North regained the lead when Tengan found Grant Huffman, another San Pasqual teammate, for an 80-yard touchdown connection.

The win was the fourth consecutive for the South. The series is now tied at 10 games apiece since the North/South format began in 1995.

"We coached it in 2011 and won it, and it feels good to win it again," said Karlo.

"I'm just happy for the players."

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