Stine, Gaines, Johnson shine at SDFNL game
- Updated: December 24, 2016
2016 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL
By Adam Paul
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EL CAJON (12-24-16) — In front of a packed house, the fifth-annual SDFNL All-Star Showcase game took place at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Friday (Dec. 23rd). In the end, it was all Red team as they dominated the Blue team from the beginning by the final of 48-7.
It wasn’t all football business as before the game a moment of silence was given in memory of all-star alumnus JAMES WILL, who played his prep ball at Mountain Empire.
He had played the previous year in the all-star game and was tragically killed in a one-car accident back in May of this year. Will was slated to play his college ball at Trinity International University. It was a fitting tribute to a young man who was very beloved in the community.
After the pregame festivities the game started and the Red team established its presence first as LAMAR RABOTEAU of Mira Mesa dashed his way to a 74-yard touchdown run to give the Red team an early 6-0 lead as the extra point attempt would fail.
The Blue team couldn’t get any offense going as the defense of the Red dominated.
They would score again on offense as JEROME JOHNSON of Valhalla would run in a short touchdown of 3 yards and the two-point pass would be successful. The Red all-stars would lead 14-0 after the first quarter.
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They would score again on offense as JEROME JOHNSON of Valhalla would run in a short touchdown of 3 yards and the two-point pass would be successful. The Red All-Starz would lead 14-0 after the first quarter.
It was more of the same as the Red team continued its domination as they would score three more times in the second quarter to lead 35-0 at the half.
Grossmont would be well represented as HUNTER GAINES tossed a 28-yard scoring strike to JOSEPH DURAN of Mission Bay.
The second score of the quarter came on a 22-yard catch by JOSHUA OLAVE, of Mission Hills, courtesy of KYLE MULLIN of Scripps Ranch.
The final score for the Red team would come on a nifty pick-6 by ANTHONY SOLA, of Morse, who would find his blockers and dash his way into the end zone.
Kicking for the Red team was JACOB PAAPE of Valhalla and he was very busy as he nailed all extra points in the second quarter.
Defensively, the Red team was dominant in that they were able to get into the backfield and sack the quarterback on numerous occasions and they also didn’t give up the big play.
Wreaking havoc in the backfield for the Red team was none other than JONATHAN STINE of Christian who racked up 4 sacks on the night which is a SDFNL All-Star game record.
The second half was more of the same as the Red team dominated, as Johnson again had another touchdown scamper, this time a long 74-yard version followed by a Paape kick. The Blue team finally got on the board late in the game on a 2-yard touchdown pass.
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Both teams selected an MVP of their respective squads. On the Blue side, it was BRENNAN GORING of La Jolla Country Day and on the Red side, it was Raboteau. In fact, he accomplished a feat that had never been done before in the all-star game in that he was the first back to rush over 100 yards.
In the end, both teams shook hands and everyone had a good time as the whole entire week was filled with practices and meeting college coaches and also alumni of the all-star game and hearing their stories of how the all-star game helped them get to the next level.