COSTA MESA – Shane Coleman of Tesoro was named player of the game for the South team in the Orange County All-Star Classic football game Friday night at Orange Coast College.
The 6-foot-5 receiver caught six passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdowns were a record for the 58-year-old game.
“We said that whenever we were inside the 10-yard line we were going to lob it to him (Coleman),” South coach Pat McInally said. “It’s not just that he is 6-5, his hands are incredibly strong.”
“It’s great to finish my high school career like this. It’s a really cool moment I’ll never forget,” Coleman said.
Angel Hernandez of Fountain Valley was the defensive player of the game for the South. Hernandez had 10 tackles, two of which were for a loss, and blocked a field goal and a punt.
“I had my whole family here supporting me and I wanted to put on a show for them,” Hernandez said. “It was a huge blessing to play in this game and winning felt great. It felt like the Super Bowl.”
Hernandez was McInally’s first pick to be on the team when the nominees were announced.
“He did everything for Fountain Valley this year,” McInally said. “I saw him at a camp last summer and he was crushing people. He’s a great kid and a great player and he really came through tonight.”
Dillon Keefe was the player of the game for the South. The running back from El Modena had 108 yards on 21 carries.
“I’m kind of surprised,” Keefe said of the honor. “All the kids out here are so talented. The credit goes to the offensive line. They really did everything for me.”
“He is so unselfish,”North coach Charlie TeGantvoort said. “He went 100 percent whether he was getting the ball or not, and that speaks to what kind of kid he is.”
The South defense was quick to the ball and didn’t miss many tackles. The duo of Austin Moore (San Clemente) and Bryce Clabaugh (Corona del Mar) combined for four sacks and four tackles for a loss.
“The defensive line was relentless with their pressure all night,” TeGantvoort said. “(Moore) brought it every snap and showed that he is one of the best defensive players in the county.”
Jalen Robertson (University) and Gage Roberson (Newport Harbor) prevented many big plays for the North offense. Robertson had seven tackles and Roberson had eight tackles, including one for a loss.
Teddy Barber (Corona del Mar) had three special teams tackles for the South.
Marwin Alapati (Tustin) was the leading tackler for the North team with four, including one for a loss. The lone sack from the North team was from CJ Murray (Orange Lutheran).
Playing in the All-Star game was such a unique experience, many of the players and coaches said they would remember it for the rest of their lives.
“It was so cool to see how the team came together in such a short time. We are a family,” Keefe said.
Capistrano Valley kicker Clay Eggeman played his last football game Friday. He will play lacrosse at Arizona State next spring.
“There is so much talent out here. It’s really cool to play out here one more Friday night,” Eggeman said.
The coaches said they enjoyed the experience as much as the players.
“It was a blessing to be chosen, and being around all this talent and these kids is great,” TeGantvoort said. “We are going to cherish these two weeks forever.”
McInally and his players plan to meet each year at the All-Star game in the coming years to reunite and reminisce.
“We want to have a reunion,” he said. “I hope we come back in these jerseys and funky coaches shirts every year.”
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