North beats South in Lions Football Game, players look toward uncertain future
The rout was on at Harrison Stadium in Oroville on Saturday night.
The 36th Lions All-Star Football Game had the North team winning its fifth-straight in the series, beating the South by a final score of 32-7.
It was the final game for many of the players. Some of the graduated seniors are moving on in their football careers. For others, the future is unknown.
“Our motto all week was, ‘who's ready to win their last high school football game,’" said North offensive lineman Travis Shoop. “For a lot of [my teammates] it's their last high school game, or their last game in general.”
28-players for the North were once stars at their respective schools. North head coach Darren Trueblood said they put their egos aside to get a win.
“They bought in. They trusted each other. They trusted us as coaches,” said Trueblood. “They believed in what they were doing and put on a show tonight."
It was a record-breaking show. Kicker Aldrick Rosas of Orland High School put one easily through the uprights from 52-yards out to set a Lions All-Star Game record.
“It felt great. I got perfect contact on that, kept my head down, and kept to my mechanics,” said Rosas. “I knew it was going in from the start."
For Rosas, 52-yards of distance will become 195-miles. That is how far he will travel, kicking for Southern Oregon University in the fall. His hopes are high, talking about the future.
“From here, hopefully the league. The NFL," said Rosas.
Former Enterprise High quarterback Zack Trueblood took home the "Ray Francis Award” for MVP. He had a successful night, throwing for 186-yards and a touchdown. He played one final time for his father, the North team coach.
"It's the best time of my life. I don't know what's in my future yet but now I know this is the best time of my life, right now," said Zack Trueblood.
He's one of several teammates keeping their talents in Redding, to Shasta College, not too far from dad.
“This was really an opportunity for me to sit back and just enjoy being a dad," said Coach Trueblood. “I had a job to do, but really enjoying his experience was really special."
After the win, an uncertain future remains for these players. The MVP is no exception.
“I was going to play baseball, but I don't know. I love this game,” said Zack Trueblood.
The South team was able to avoid being shutout for the first time in Lions All-Star Game history, thanks to a late fourth quarter touchdown pass.
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