All-Star Football Game Analysis

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The South got the victory over the North Saturday in the 42nd annual Lions All-Star football game at Tracy High School's Wayne Schneider Stadium. But, perhaps an asterisk should be put next to its 51-38 win. To prevent a blowout, when a team has more than a nine point lead, the losing team will receive the ball after every touchdown, regardless of who scores. That rule gave the South extra possessions, which helped it fight back from a 38-21 halftime deficit.

“That rule just killed all of our momentum,” said a frustrated Zerek Saldivar following the game. “It screwed us over. That rule was a major reason why they won the game.”

“That's a really bad rule,” said Calaveras running back Connor Hamilton, who was selected as a team captain for
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The South cut into the lead, bringing the score to 22-14. On the following position by the North, Hamilton had his longest rush of the night, which went for 17 yards. Quarterback Julius Davilla (Chavez) found Hunter Johnson (Sierra) for an 18 yard touchdown pass. The North led 30-14.

The South scored with 4:27 left in the second quarter, and instead of going for a 2-point conversion to make the score 30-22, it settled for a PAT, which made the score 30-21, and would give it the ball back with the nine point deficit.

The South couldn't capitalize on the free possession, and the North added to its lead before half on a 60 yard scoring run from Cooper. The North led 38-21 at half, and Hamilton had 55 yards rushing on 12 carries for one score. Warring had one reception good for nine yards.

Though he didn't get as many passes as he would have liked, Warring, a San Diego State preferred walk-on this upcoming fall, enjoyed being back around the game of football.

“This week gave me more experience on the football field before I go down to San Diego State,” Warring said. “I learned a lot of things at different positions. I'm going to be a tight end down at San Diego, so I still need to learn how to play that position. This helped me get
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