A good foot and a good arm finished dead even in the inaugural game as the North, led by the passing of Corning’s
Nash Crisosto, and South, riding the fortunes of field goal kicker Hector Franco of Colusa, knotted at 15-15.
Crisosto had 12 completions in 19 attempts for 194 yards and one touchdown. Corning teammate Steve Fitzgerald
caught six of those tosses including an 18-yard touchdown pass late in the game to cut the North deficit to 15-
13. Crisosto scampered in for the tying two-point conversion. Franco booted field goals of 43, 29 and 27 yards.
Warren Benamati of Willows led North rushers with 89 yards on 14 carries while Larry Abinante of Yuba City
paced the South with 101 yards on 22 tries. George Calkins of Yuba City coached the South and Bob Reid of Anderson
headed the North.
The South claimed the first series victory in a see-saw affair. The North gained a first quarter lead on a 1-yard run
by Corning’s Kirk Jennings. The South countered with nine second quarter points on a safety and a 9-yard run by
Lindhurst’s Larry Guanzon. After intermission, Jennings put the North back on top with a 2-yard touchdown, but
Guanzon scored again on a 3-yard run to give the South the 16-13 win. Gridley’s Bruce Ebbe guided the winning
South squad while Red Bluff’s Bill Jacobs led the North.
The South stretched its dominance to two wins and a tie with a convincing 21-6 passing of the North. Key to the
southlander’s success was a stingy defense yielding but 175 yards. For the third straight year, the North scored first.
Mike Lawrence of Orland took a 12-yard pass from Gale Gilbert of Red Bluff to culminate a 68-yard march just
three minutes into the game. The South retaliated with a 9-yard scoring pass from Pleasant Valley’s Kip Hayes to
Marysville’s Dave Pillsbury, an 11-yard run by Loyal Miner of Pleasant Valley and a 14-yard interception return
by Bill George of Biggs. Del Kalbach of Biggs coached the South team while Joe Blevins of Big Valley guided
The North celebrated its first series win, 7-6, making a first quarter 17-yard touchdown run by Anderson’s David
Westlake and his ensuing extra point stand up against the passing onslaught of the South’s Brad Ziel of Paradise.
Ziel landed 20 of 40 passes in friendly hands for 317 yards, but four were snared by the enemy. Ziel hit Dan Stoner
of Chico on a 9 yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter, but a two-point conversion pass fell incomplete. Gary Burton
of Corning coached the winning North squad and Dennis Helms of Paradise coached the South.
A stubborn defense and the passing of Chico’s Steve Schmillen catapulted the South to a 34-7 halftime lead en
route to a 48-19 victory over the North. Schmillen was 12 of 26 for 178 yards and a 14-yard touchdown to Ed Bird
of Las Plumas. Schmillen also had a 7-yard touchdown run. A solid defense against the rush forced North quarterback
DougMiller of Enterprise to pass often. He completed 15 of 35 passes for 260 yards including touchdowns of
41 and 12 yards to Tim Masters of Orland. Five of his passes were intercepted. Masters scored the North’s other
touchdown on a two yard run. David O’Neal of Lindhurst had scoring runs of 8 and 2 yards for the South while Todd
Vowell of Pleasant Valley scored on a 2-yard run and Doug Ziel scored on a 3-yard run. Bird also added a 30-yard
fumble return for a score. John Beck of Chico coached the South and Gene Pisenti of Burney guided the North.
Anderson’s Tim Moore and Dan Trotter keyed the North’s 21-18 win. Moore caught nine passes for 90 yards, including
a 7-yarder from Trotter with 10 minutes remaining to seal the win. Trotter also had a 10-yard scoring run
and Duane Conner of Big Valley scored on a 4-yard run. Trotter completed 14 of 23 passes for 128 yards. The
South’s Aaron Lee of Quincy scored on a 24-yard hook and ladder play from Westwood’s Roger Cox on a pass
from Yuba City’s Chris Peterson. Lee also scored on a 65-yard run. Jim Harrison of Sutter scored the other South
touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Peterson. Don Duncan of Etna picked up the win for the North while Geoff
Wahl of East Nicolaus took the loss for the South.
The North’s dominating ground attack amassed 440 yards with Orland’s James Olson leading the way with 180
yards on 22 carries and touchdowns of 2 and 40 yards in a 47-13 North win. Pete Clemens, a 6-foot, 200-pounder
from Dunsmuir, was inserted into the game in the second half and collected an incredible 158 yards on seven carries
with touchdowns of 73, 31 and 3 yards. The South’s biggest asset was its passing game. Brad Reager of Chico
finished the night with 186 yards in the air by hitting 12 of 22 attempts. Reager hit Bobby O’Neal of Lindhurst
with a 24-yard scoring strike in the second quarter for one of the South’s two TDs. The North dominated the second
half by outscoring the South 25-6. Darrell Meyer of Anderson had a 3-yard scoring run and Burney’s Terry
Arndt scored on a 6-yard run. Mike Dana of Colusa scored the South’s other TD on a 1-yard run. Bob Hall of
Modoc led the North while Al Shuler of Chester headed the South.
In the most explosive offensive display in series history to date, the South overcame a 32-12 second quarter deficit
to defeat the North 47-38. The North relied heavily on the running of Jim Tomasin of Shasta, who had 143 yards
on 25 carries with two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 53 yards. Red Bluff’s Flint Glines helped the
North cause with a series record 101-yard kickoff return touchdown. Chester’s Mike Burleson and Chico’s Ken
White keyed a strong second half effort that gave the South the victory. Burleson threw two touchdown passes to
Portola’s David Martinez and finished with 12 yards passing (10 of 22). White ran 20 times for 132 yards and
scored on runs of 6 and 30 yards. Otto Brackett of Greenville coached the triumphant South team while Ed Lombardi
of Lassen led the North.
The North’s size and speed earned credit for the North’s 25-6 victory. Tulelake’s Paul Idrogo was the workhorse
for the North with 129 yards on 25 carries, including an 8-yard touchdown dash. Other North touchdowns came
from Bob Halderman of Hayfork,Aaron Blakeley ofMcCloud and Kyle Gilbreath of Enterprise. The South’s lone
score came on a 5-yard pass from Yuba City’s Torben Ulrich to Chico’s Doug Williams. Hayfork’s Frank Frye
coached the North to the win while Jim McNulty of Oroville guided the South.
The South took over the lead in the series at 5-4-1 with a 21-15 come-from-behind win manufactured by the Yuba
City quarterback-end combination of Greg Brown and JimArnold and the power running of Gridley’s Kord Hepworth.
Brown completed 8 of 16 passes for 141 yards and a 46-yard touchdown to Arnold. Meanwhile Hepworth
ran 19 times for 109 yards and two scores. The North carried a 15-13 lead going into the final quarter.Yreka’s Roger
Murry ran in for a score and threw a two-point conversion pass to Burney’s Matt Schmidt. Bruce Farrel of Enterprise
scored on an 8-yard run. Don Duncan of Etna guided the North while Geoff Wahl of East Nicolaus led the
Anear capacity crowd of 4,000 witnessed the South post a 37-26 win at Shasta College in Redding. Despite a 15-
10 halftime lead for the North, the South came back on the arm of Chico’s Scott Thompson, who threw for two
touchdowns and 187 yards. Thompson completed 10-yard touchdown to Quincy’s Tony Camp and a 12-yarder to
Quincy’s Tony Clem. Camp also caught a 34-yard TD pass fromYuba City’s Chris Phillips. DavidMann of Hamilton
led a late North comeback, throwing touchdown passes for 23 yards to Anderson’s Jason Provence and 10
yards to Burney’s Marty Pisenti. Mann completed 8 of 15 passes for 138 yards. Dennis Lorenzetti of Mt. Shasta
was the coach for the North while Don Ray of Quincy led the winning South team.
Trailing 7-3 at halftime, the South scored on its first possession of the second half and went on to win 17-13. The
go-ahead touchdown came on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Young of Biggs to Brian Brown of Yuba
City. Jerry Clements of Shasta led the North, throwing for 147 yards while completing six of 20 passes. He had
TD tosses of 29 yards to Tulelake’s Nick Macken and 13 yards to Shasta’s Scott Reese. Ed Stewart of Oroville’s
4-yard touchdown run late in the game gave the South an insurmountable 17-7 lead. Stewart finished with 112 yards
on 22 carries. South coach Del Kalbach of Biggs won his second Lion’s game (also winning in 1980) while Clark
Tuthill of Shasta took the loss.
A crowd of 2,500 in University Stadium at Chico State watched the versatility of Gridley’s Joe Hughes prove the
difference as the South captured its fourth straight win, 26-13. Hughes scored on a 98-yard run to open the game
scoring. He also had touchdown passes of seven yards to Sutter’sMattMinton and 13 yards toYuba City’s Robert
Fitzpatrick. He completed 10 of 16 passes for 129 yards. Ted McEndree of Sutter also scored on a 9-yard run for
the South. Enterprise’s Ricky Allen scored on a 5-yard run for the North to tie the score at halftime 7-7. He also
threw a 37-yard touchdown to Red Bluff’s Mickey Garner. Dave Lake of Gridley coached the South to the win
while Darryl Baeth of Tulelake led the North.
The North ended a four-year losing streak with a 27-14 victory at Shasta College’s Memorial Stadium. Shasta High
School’s Keith Fleuret rushed for 130 yards on 14 totes for the North while Hamilton quarterback Sergio Villasenor
completed 12 of 22 passes for 148 yards. Marc Foster of Orland scored two touchdowns while Josh Gammons of
Willows added another. Chris Hubbard of Etna also scored a 27-yard fumble return. Scott Johnson of Hamilton was
the head man for the North while Dave Driffill of Colusa coached the South.
A packed Shasta College Stadium watched as Eli Boudreau of Red Bluff quarterbacked the North team to a 25-6
victory. The South led 6-0 entering the second quarter, but Boudreau took advantage of the South defense and
threw a 57-yard TD pass to former Red Bluff teammate Mike Hall to tie the game. Boudreau later threw a nineyard
touchdown pass to Orland’s Aaron Schermer to put the North ahead for good. Key defensive players for the
North included Red Bluff nose guard John Clinger, Orland linebacker Bill Brasch and Corning defensive end
Dusty Langston. Boudreau was 11 of 13 for 191 yards. Outstanding play also came from Lassen tackle Brandon
Ellena andAnderson wide receiver Jeff Ogden, who scored on a 16-yard run. The South scored its only touchdown
on an 11-yard pass from Colusa’s Danny Ruiz toMarysville’s Tracy Ponce. Paul Johnson of Red Bluff led the North
to victory while GeoffWahl of East Nicolaus coached the South.
In one of the closest and most thrilling games since the 1978 opener, the South team upped its series advantage to
9-6-1 with a 20-18 victory. The North drew first blood with a game-opening 77-yard drive culminated by a 1-yard
sneak by QB Andy Stahl of Anderson. The South countered with two touchdown passes of 35 and 42 yards from
Gridley’s Tim Hughes toYuba City’s DerekMinnatee.While the North fought back with a 14-yard touchdown pass
from Stahl to Savon Maxwell and a 42-yard TD from Stahl to Etna’s Sparrow Tang, the South got the tying score
on a 4-yard run by Live Oak’s Jose Curiel. Chris Weaver of Pleasant Valley added the two-point conversion that
proved to be the difference in the win. Curtis Parks of Williams coached the South to the win while Modoc’s
ShaunWood led the North.
The North team, coached by Mark Pettengill of Foothill, pleased the local fans in Shasta College’s stadium
with a resounding 44-14 victory over the South, reducing the South’s lead in the series to 9-7-1. Corning’s Earl
Murr scored the first quarter’s only touchdown on a 14-yard blast up the middle after a center snap over the head
of the South punter set up the North at the South 13. In the second quarter, Bryan Sherman of Lassen threw 38
yards to Red Bluff’s Mitch Johnson, but the South answered with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Pierce’s
Chuck Wayman to Sutter’s Erik Christofferson. Sherman added a 15-yard TD to Johnson while Chad Cook of
Trinity scored on a 3-yard run, Dan Osborne of Burney ran in from the 48 and Tom Hair of Hayfork scored from
the 9. The South scored one final TD on a 58-yard run byWheatland’s Andy Onyett. Live Oak’s Jim Arostegui
coached the South team.
The North team, coached by Shaun Wood of Modoc, pulled to within one game of the South at 9-8-1 with a 20-
12 victory. The North lost the statistical advantage to the South, which racked up 332 yards of offense compared
to the North’s 297. The two teams battled back and forth with the North scoring first on an 84-yard pass from Red
Bluff’s Josh Caylor to Shasta’s Jason Jacoby. The South answered with a 1-yard scoring plunge by Gridley’s Steve
Young, but the North regained the lead when Ryland Sanders of Red Bluff ran 2 yards for a score. The North cut
the margin to 14-12 with a 1-yard run by Pleasant Valley’s Josh Gulbrandsen, but the South extended its lead with
a 10-yard scoring pass from Caylor to Foothill’sAndrew Boesiger. Caylor completed 8 of 14 passes for 164 yards
while the South’s Marco Gonzales of Paradise was 11 of 29 for 187 yards. Chico’s Marco Jackson led the South
running game with 102 yards on 18 carries. Doug Kaelin of Gridley led the South squad.
The North, coached by Clay Erro of Enterprise, won 39-14 in a game that was a contest only for a half. Anthony
Brown of Foothill (9 yards), Ray Potillor ofAnderson (55) and Jeremy Seaholm of Central Valley (10) ran for the
North Touchdowns with Nick Mendenhall of Etna catching a 28-yard touchdown pass from Enterprise QB Ryan
Kacalek for the other score. Jared Chaffin of Lassen kicked four field goals for the North (34, 38, 46, 36) to break
the game record set by Colusa’s Hector Franco in 1978. The South, coached by Sutter’s Scott Turner, scored twice
in the second quarter on passes by Colusa’s ToddMacKaben to Andy Sweet of Pierce (8 yards) and to Peter Slater
of Pleasant Valley (38 yards).MacKaben completed 14 of 37 passes for 196 yards while Kacalek was 13 of 29 for
139 yards. Potillor ran for 136 yards on 16 carries while Brown ran 27 times for 113 yards.
The North overcame a 14-6 halftime deficit to eke out a 22-20 win, giving North coach Bob Hall of Corning his
second All-Star win in two tries. The South, coached by Geoff Wahl of East Nicolaus, built its lead on an 11-yard
run by East Nicolaus’ Ryan Gallagher and a 3-yard pass from the Spartans’ Brad Lauppe to Wheatland’s Mike
Lucier. The North tied the game at 14-14 by blocking a South field goal attempt and getting a 90-yard return by
Weed’s Robert Russell. Ricky Ray of Shasta, who also had a 7-yard scoring pass to Etna’s Dean Smiley, threw the
two-point conversion to tie the game. Erube McGana of West Valley gave the North the lead with a 26-yard scoring
run, but the South answered with a 76-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Pleasant Valley’s Benson Manento.
Russell nearly returned the kickoff for a touchdown, but was stopped at the South 27. An interception by
Williams’ Javier Garcia ended the North threat at the South 3, but Smiley broke through the line and dropped the
South running back in the end zone for a safety, giving the North a 10-9-1 advantage in the series.
The two teams scored early and late in the 21st game, with the North team, coached by Big Valley’s Matt Hunsaker,
winning 24-15. The North team drew first blood late in the first quarter on a 14-yard run by Foothill’s Joe Stallworth.
The South, coached by Biggs’ Mike Pena, struck back on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Colusa’s Dan
Salazar to Biggs’ Kevin Baxley. Salazar also threw to Colusa’s Andrew Wallace for the two-point conversion. The
North went ahead on a 34-yard field goal by Lassen’s Brian Jensen to set up a frantic fourth quarter. The North
upped its lead to 17-8 on a 21-yard run by Corning QB Garrett White with 7:33 left in the game. The South answered
on the ensuing kickoff when Baxley took the kick and handed the ball to Chico’s Sean Hall, who raced 77
yards for a touchdown to make it 17-15 with 7:06 to go. But White clinched it for the North with a 47-yard keeper
with less than a minute to play.
The South ended a five-game losing streak with a 28-14 win over the North at Shasta College, closing the gap in
the series to 11-10-1. All four South touchdowns came via the air, three by Northern Section offensive MVP Brian
Jones of Pleasant Valley and one by Quincy’s Matt Ray. Jones threw TD passes of 38 yards to Yuba City’s Kevin
Jenson and 15 yards to Quincy’s Aaron Montgomery early in the game and later added a 70-yard scoring toss to
Chris Noor of Las Plumas. Ray opened the scoring with a 33-yard TD pass to Quincy teammate Brandon Heater.
The North rushing attack did score one touchdown in the second quarter when Northern Section all-time leading
rusher Oscar Rigg of Lassen fumbled at the 1-yard line, only to have QB Perry Cloud of Foothill scoop up the ball
and score the touchdown. Cloud also threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Chris Feminis of Mt. Shasta and completed
10 of 32 passes for 229 yards. The South threw for 359 yards total with Jones completing 9 of 20 passes for
211 yards and Ray completing 11 of 17 passes for 148. Feminis led all receivers with five catches for 156 yards.
Tom McCormack of Wheatland was the victorious South coach while Fall River’s Steve Hubauer coached the
The Red Bluff passing combination of quarterback Justin McKim and receiver Mike Cox connected 12 times for
248 yards and two touchdowns in leading the North squad to a 37-15 win in the first game of the new millennium
played at Marysville’s War Memorial Stadium. Cox caught nine passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in the first
half for North coach Paul Johnson to forge a 24-7 lead. McKim, who completed 20 of 32 passes for a game record
362 yards, also hit Foothill’s Joe Spurlin and Etna’s Jessie McNames for touchdowns in the first half. Live Oak’s
Justin Epperson threw TD passes to his Live Oak teammate Brian Sowden and Wheatland’s Jeff Watson for the
South’s scores. Tyler Holmes of Lassen returned an interception 53 yards for the final North touchdown. The contest
was the final game in the coaching careers for both Johnson of the North and Oroville’s Jim McNulty of the
South, who both retired earlier that year. The North holds the edge 12-10-1.
Struggling for offensive continuity in the first half, the South, coached by Sutter’s Scott Turner, exploded for two third
period touchdowns en route to a 21-7 victory. The lone North score came early in the second quarter when quarterback
Tyler Lampella of Etna hit tight end Jonathan van Tol of Willows, who made a diving catch of the 11-yard pass
for a 7-0 lead. Chico’s Garrett Cross set up the first South touchdown with an interception at the North 22. Wheatland’s
Jim Baser capped the drive with a 9-yard run for the score. South QB Paul Reynolds of Sutter later added two
scoring passes, throwing 27 yards to Greenville’s Nathaniel Bond and eight yards to Cross. Reynolds completed 10
of 26 passes for 107 yards while Baser rushed 26 times for 160 yards. Curtis Parks of Willows coached the North.
Anyone hoping for an exciting contest featuring the run against the pass in the 25th annual Lions All-Star Football
Game got exactly what they wanted. However, what most probably didn’t expect was for the North to pull out a
27-26 win by passing the ball. Using a punishing ground attack in the wishbone offense behind game MVP Kyle
Harbaugh of Corning, the North played conservatively most of the game and ran the ball the majority of the game.
But trailing 26-21 with 1 minute, 55 seconds left in the game and 97 yards from the end zone, North coach Randy
Harrison of Hayfork knew that he needed to try something different. What Harrison came up with was a touchdown
drive that had pass plays from four different players, including a 10-yard touchdown pass from John Black
of Lassen to Blake Thorn of Modoc with four seconds left in the game. While the North was jubilant following
the touchdown, the game was far from over. With a penalty on the North during the kickoff, the South was given
one last play with no time remaining. South quarterback Aaron Rodgers of Pleasant Valley scrambled and heaved
a 50-yard pass to the front of the end zone, but Thorn intercepted the ball to end the game. Harbaugh set a new
game record by rushing for 191 yards. Mike Pena of Biggs coached the South team.
For the first time in the history of the Lions All-Star football game, it rained, and what a downpour. The rain started
just before the end of the second quarter and the cloudburst continued throughout halftime. It continued sprinkling
through the third quarter. The field was quite soaked and muddy and as a result neither team scored in the second
half of a 17-9 North victory. Game MVP Austin Stack of Bishop Quinn scored a safety on defense and also had a
rushing touchdown for the North, which was coached by Bishop Quinn’s Tim Nobles. Jeff Ray of Shasta hooked
up with Bishop Quinn’s Logan Van Ert for a 62-yard touchdown. Mark Cooley of Hamilton coached the South
Despite the MVP efforts of Red Bluff’s Shane Eller, the North’s win streak ended in a 32-28 setback to the South.
Behind a blocked punt and recovery by Las Plumas’ Phillip Davis late in the third quarter, the South powered
ahead 25-22. After stuffing the North on two straight possessions, the South widened its lead when Wheatland’s
Adam McCleary scored on a 10-yard run. Eller and the North responded on the next possession as Eller hit Lassen’s
Brian Duffy for a 25-yard scoring pass to cut the lead to 32-28. The North had another chance to take the lead, but
Pleasant Valley’s Eric Clendenning intercepted an Eller pass to end the threat at the South 10 yard line. To earn
the Ray Francis MVP Award, Eller ran for 113 yards and one touchdown and threw for 35 yards and another score.
The South also scored on a 42-yard pass from East Nicolaus QB Patrick Daprato to Yuba City’s Jake Holmes
while Brandon Delgado of Paradise had a rushing touchdown. Duffy also had an interception return for a score for
the North. Rick Prinz of Paradise was the winning coach for the South while Greg Grandell of West Valley coached
For three and a half quarters of the 28th annual Lions All-Star football game, Enterprise’s Steve Valliere did all he
could to put the North within striking distance. The rest of the North offense pushed in the fourth quarter to win
27-24. Valliere was the game’s MVP and tallied 226 total yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard punt return.
Matt Nichols of West Valley had two passing touchdowns including a 32-yard toss to Shasta’s Jordan Webb.
Quincy quarterback Eric West and receiver Jason Barreno connected for four touchdowns with Barreno catching
13 passes. Greg Grandell of West Valley was the winning coach while Pierce’s Doug Kaelin took the loss.
Behind the running of West Valley running back Jordan Atwell, the North defeated the South 34-7 to give Central
Valley’s Matt Hunsaker his second coaching win in the Lions Game. Atwell ran for 109 yards on 18 carries and a
17-yard touchdown. Nick Leedy of Central Valley added a 33-yard touchdown run while Corning’s Darren Nye completed
a 6-yard touchdown pass to Bishop Quinn’s Kevin Wacker and Boomer Fry of Hayfork caught a 15-yard scoring
toss from Central Valley’s Scott Armstead. The South’s only score came late in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard
pass from Chico’s Will Camy to Lindhurst’s Robbie Brown. Robert Wilson of Maxwell guided the South team.
The South, under Lindhurst coach Mike Mason, dominated the North 45-19 with Pleasant Valley quarterback Jordan
Rodgers completing 15 of 22 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns and Gridley running back Simon Lamson
rushing 18 times for 125 yards and two scores. Lamson was the recipient of the Ray Francis MVP award.
Rodgers threw two TD passes for Viking teammate Blake Page and one to Paradise’s Jeffery Maehl. The South
defense limited the North to just eight yards rushing on 36 carries. The North scored on an 82-yard kickoff return
by Shasta’s Torsten Waurig and a 75-yard fumble return by Jessie Harer of Modoc. Harer also scored on a 13-yard
run. Paul Nevarez of Live Oak and Kinjite King of Lindhurst also got into the scoring act for the South, each
crossing the goal line on a short run. The South cut the North’s overall lead in the series to 16-13-1. Joe Blevins
of Mt. Shasta coached the North.
The South won for the second year in a row, defeating the North 27-19 at Oroville’s Harrison Stadium. Paradise
quarterback Jon Hays received the Ray Francis MVP award after leading the South to the win. He threw for 124
yards and a 3-yard touchdown to Pleasant Valley’s Sean Reynolds. He also rushed for 47 yards and scored a pair
of rushing touchdowns. Lassen’s Josh Baum and Tulelake’s Rey Chavolla each scored in the first half for the
North while Cole Johnston of Foothill tied the game in the third quarter on a 4-yard run. Dan Henry of Champion
Christian gained the victory for the South and cut the North’s advantage to 16-14-1. Bryon Hamilton of Foothill
coached the North team.
The North ended a two-game winning streak by the South by holding off a late rally to capture a 38-32 win at Shasta College. The two teams were tied at 32-32 midway through the fourth quarter when the North marched 46 yards on eight straight runs, capped by a 2-yard run by Manny Barragan of Yreka. The North, coached by Shaun Wood of Modoc, got a standout performance from West Valley quarterback Josh Barrett, who was 11 of 18 for 265 yards and four touchdowns to earn the MVP trophy. Cole McKenzie of Red Bluff caught two of those touchdown passes and grabbed five passes for 179 yards. Kurtis Cartwright of Trinity also caught a 13-yard TD pass and Shasta's Bryan Zuurbier had the other TD reception. Barragan also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score. Cody Pastorino of Willows and Malcolm Webb of Wheatland starred for the South. Pastorino caught a 60-yard TD pass from Sutter's Jon Garcia and also had a 75-yard kickoff return to open the second half. Webb scored on a pair of short runs. Cullen Meyer of Marysville coached for the South. The North leads the all-time series 17-14-1.
The North was shutout at halftime but switched roles from that point on, scoring 26 unanswered points to topple the South 26-10 at Enterprise Community Stadium in Redding. The South's one lone touchdown came on the first drive of the game when Paradise's Garrett Rice connected with Pleasant Valley receiver Logan Valencia for a 36-yard score. South kicker Alberto Pena added a 29-yard field goal to make it 10-0. The South held the North out of the endzone before half with a goal line stand but didn't carry the momentum into the second half. North's Darren Lee of Lassen, the game's MVP rushing nine times for 50 yards and playing linebacker, broke multiple tackles and dove his way for a 15-yard score to ignite the North's offense. North coach Darren Trueblood got an all-around performance from Foothill's Scott Faris, who threw a short touchdown pass to Corning's Fontaine Richardson before scampering in for a 16-yard touchdown and also intercepting a pass on defense. Orland's Cole Sampson dove across the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown for the game's final score.
The North stretched its winning streak over the South to three games with a 28-14 win at Harrison Stadium in Oroville. Two special team scores for the North was the difference. The North set the tone on the opening kickoff when Shasta's Clay Cavender went untouched for a 94-yard kickoff return touchdown and game MVP Trevor Baum of Lassen added a 77-yard punt return touchdown in the second quarter to put the North up 21-0. Baum, the second straight Lassen player to take home MVP honors, did virtually everything - 21 rushing, 26 receiving yards, three PATs, three punts for 119 yards and intercepted a pass on defense. Hayfork's 8-man football standout Scott Harrison split those two North scores with a 15-yard touch down run on the second drive of the game. South running back Derick Seward of Wheatland scored on a 34-yard run, but the North answered with a one yard touchdown plunge to go up 28-6. South quarterback David Schroeder hit LaCarlis Moore for a 23-yard touchdown pass and the two point conversion to make it 28-14 but the North held onto the ball and ran out the clock. Harrison had 78 yards on 8 carries, Lassen's Richard Murphy threw 4 for 5 for 59 yards.
11-Man - History was made at “Bob Reid Stadium” on the campus of Anderson High School. Not only did the North win for the fourth straight time, but the 35th Annual Lions All-Star Football Game finished with the game’s largest margin of victory ever: ironically a 35-point margin (56-21). Orland High coach Mike McDonald allowed the quarterback that led his Trojans to a section championship, to lead the offense and Austin Schmeltzer didn’t disappoint. Schmeltzer garnered Most Valuable Player honors by flawlessly orchestrating an option offense that led to several big plays. The first, a 32-yard touchdown run from Lassen’s Cameron Medico, was the game’s second play from scrimmage. Shasta’s Chris Collins scored from 49-yards out and Enterprise’s Alex Henderson added a 5-yard TD run giving the North a 21-0 lead within the game’s first 13 minutes of action. The South (which was coached by Jason Alvistar of Chico High) cut the lead to 15 with a 5-yard TD run by Paradise’s Albert Stevens, but another touchdown by Henderson and a spectacular 71-yard TD run by Schmeltzer essentially put the game away by halftime.
8-Man - The South won the inaugural 8-man all-star game 30-28 at Anderson High’s Bob Reid Stadium in comeback fashion. The North led 20-8 at halftime but the South, coached by Champion Christian’s Dan Henry, came back on a pair of two-yard touchdown runs from South quarterback Christian Hulsey of Westwood to take a 22-20. The North quarterback Jake Mekeel of Dunsmuir led a marathon drive capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass to Zak Munk of Hayfork and Buytte Valley’s Gustavo Lopez ran in the two-point conversion for a 28-22 lead. The North couldn’t capitalize off a South fumble and the South needed two plays before Loyalton’s Matt Campbell, the Ray Francis MVP Award winner, scored on a 13-yard run to knot it at 28. Hulsey ran a bootleg into the end zone for the go-ahead two-point conversion and the North’s drive stalled. Mekeel finished with 199 yards passing and three touchdowns but rolled his ankle midway through the game. Munk had 121 yards receiving on seven catches and two touchdowns. Campbell ran for 84 yards on nine carries and the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. Hulsey ran for three touchdowns.
11-Man - A truly balanced team effort gave the North a 32-7 victory over the South in the 36th Summer Classic at Harrison Stadium in Oroville. North head coach Darren Trubelood of Enterprise guided his squad, anchored by Ray Francis MVP Award winner and his son Zack Trueblood, who threw for 186 yards and a touchdown. Four players scored for the North: Burney’s Robert Wall, Shasta’s Avery Holley, Enterprise’s Brad Woods and Travis Hall. The South was held to one yard rushing in the first half and North’s Aldrick Rosas nailed a 52-yard field goal to set the record with the longest field goal in the game’s history to make it 25-0. Trueblood tossed a 49-yard screen score to Hall to reach 32-0 and start the fourth quarter running clock. The South scored in the final minutes on a three-yard pass from Taylor Elkins of Yuba City to Oscar Romero of Portola.
8-Man - The South couldn’t overcome a 10-point second half deficit to lose to the North 26-22 at Harrison Stadium in Oroville. The North, coached by Dunsmuir’s Ray Kellar, had his running back Justin DeClusin explode for 207 total yards and two touchdowns to earn the game MVP honors. Both teams opened the game with scoring drives as North’s Lukas Erickson matched South’s Tyler Davis touchdown runs. The North’s Erik Hovland of Redding Christian stripped South’s Cash Grandi before he crossed the goal line and DeClusin capitalized on the ensuing possession by spinning off of tacklers for a 25-yard touchdown catch for a 14-8 lead. The South scored on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Grandi for a 16-14 lead. But the North stuck to the ground game with Erickson scoring from one yard out and DeClusion found the end zone on a 14-yard run. The South scored with 1:36 left on a nine-yard run from Davis but the two-point conversion failed and the North recovered on the onside kick for the victory. The South’s Davis threw for 183 yards and scored twice.
11-Man - The 37th edition was back at Shasta College for the first time since 2009 and the North dominated the show with a 47-0 thrashing. It’s the sixth straight win for the North, the first shutout in the history of the game and the 47-point margin of victory was the most. North head coach Greg Grandell of West Valley had his players tuned in, especially the defense, led by Ray Francis MVP winner defensive lineman Skyler Ferguson of Enterprise, which forced six turnovers in the game and a safety. North running back Connor Silveria of Central Valley scored four times: three on the ground from 10, 1 and 1 yards out and on a 23-yard pass from Ryan Pollard of Foothill. The South committed 11 penalties for 143 yards compared to 115 yards of offense. The North led 34-0 at halftime before Silveria and Blake Barnett scored to seal the victory.
8-Man - North’s Hayden Piper of Redding Christian did everything he could to keep the North unbeaten in the 8-man all-star game. The North won 28-6 at Shasta College’s Memorial Stadium and Piper, the game’s MVP, scored once and racked up 175 total yards: 25 yards passing, 83 rushing and 67 receiving. The North’s Dayton Pepperdine of Dunsmuir broke the scoreless tie with a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Piper scored on a 57-yard catch from Brian Taylor. The South trailed 13-6 at halftime after Lucas Hubbard of Princeton hit Dakota Woodward for a 65-yard score. North’s Hunter Hawkins scored on a seven-yard run and Piper capitalized off a South turnover by throwing a 25-yard touchdown to CJ Palmer of Dunsmuir for a 28-6 lead midway through the third quarter. The South never got the ball past midfield the rest of the game.
11-man - The North put on another defensive display to beat the South 34-12 in the 38th edition of the 11-man game. North coach Ryan Bentz (Hamilton) had his defense dialed in as the unit forced six turnovers and three different players intercepted South quarterback Tremt Darms (PV). Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns, the first was the game's opening score by Alex Talladino (Enterprise). The North lead 7-6 at half and the South missed on scoring opportunities with a 21-yard missed field goal and Ray Francis MVP Rahaan Broomfield (Weed) had one of his two interceptions of the game in the end zone to prevent a score. The North led 21-6 on touchdown runs from Justin Abney (Enterprise) and Jeremy Williams (West Valley) before South Darm's connected with Brandon Jackson (Sutter) for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Broomfield returned another interception to the South's 1, setting up Williams for another score. North's Ricky Pompa (Hamilton) returned an intercep[tion 80 yards for a score on the final play of the game. It was the seventh straight win for the North, which owns the all-time series 23-14-1.
8-man - The fourth 8-man all-star game was the highest scoring so far with the South beating the North 44-18 At Harrison Stadium in Oroville to even the all-time series at 2-2. South quarterback Ron Evans (Herlong) was the Ray Francis MVP, running for a touchdown and throwing for 275 yards and two touchdowns a piece to Oscar Espinoza and Luis Angel (both from Princeton). The South, coach by Marvin Benefield (Mercy), scored five of the its six touchdowns on plays longer then 35 yards. The South led 14-12 at half with both North touchdowns scored by Austin Dean (Redding Christian). South's Espinoza scored on a 36-yard screen pass to open the third, which matched by a 3-yard run from North's Chase Sordahl (Dunsmuir). The South pulled away with touchdowns on its next three drives with Evans throwing and running in another before intercepting a fourth quarter pass to seal the win. The South outgained the North 426-222.