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IT’S HALL GOOD

Hall’s two-point conversion gives North a 15-14 victory

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IT’S HALL GOOD

Sierra High's Anthony Hall played a key role in the North squad's 15-14 victory over the North in the 37th Annual Lions All Star Football Game in Stockton Saturday.

WAYNE THALLENDER/The Bulletin


POSTED June 20, 2010 3:07 a.m.
STOCKTON – With overtime not being an option, Stagg High head coach Don Norton decided to leave fate in the hands of his players with just two minutes remaining – Sierra graduate Anthony Hall’s hands answered the call.

The former Timberwolf hauled in a clutch two-point conversion, giving the North a 15-14 win over the South in the 37th Annual Lions All Star Football game Saturday at the University of the Pacific.

Hall’s two-point conversion was set up by a brilliant 8-play, 71-yard drive in the game’s final minutes, closing with a five-yard touchdown run by Dexter Acala (West High) with just 2:11 remaining. The North called a time out, deciding to go for the two-point conversion and the win. Hall scatted out towards the right pylon and found himself all alone, spotting the North squad their first lead of the contest.

“We practiced a lot of the situations that we came into on that final drive,” North head coach Norton said. “We practiced goal line every practice, so when it came down to running the two-point play, it was a play that we have run every practice, everyday.”

Hall didn’t miss his chance, laying firm grasp on a perfectly tossed pass from quarterback Marcus McDade. McDade, the game’s Most Valuable Player, was 3-for-6 in the final drive, passing for 63 yards and two huge third-down conversions.

“It was bunch-right, and we had one guy doing a corner route and I just rolled out to the flats,” Hall said of the play call. “Marcus just made a great pass and threw it out there.

“I knew it was money, our quarterback is an outstanding player and he is always getting it right to us.”

The South had a little over two minutes to try and get on the scoreboard, but with 55 seconds remaining the North got the game clinching stop when defensive back Forrest Coleman (Lincoln) broke on a fourth-and-four slant, sealing the deal.

“It was huge for us to win this game,” Ripon High standout Hart Yoshida said. “We trained all week; two or three practices a day for this, so it felt really good to win this.”

Yoshida made his impact felt, getting a momentum-shifting sack just before intermission and halting a 10-play South drive.

Sierra High’s all-time leading rusher Jarrod Daniels got in the action early in the contest, sharing time in the backfield with teammate Hall and Offensive Player of the Game DePray Celestine of Tracy High.

“It was all a lot of fun,” Daniels said of the festivities. “We had some great guys on the team that were just hilarious. Everybody was so serious and then all of sudden they had a different personality, so it really was a great time.”

John Perez of Sierra High and Jeff Collins of Manteca High both made solid contributions to the North squad, helping sure up the defensive and interior offensive line responsibilities, respectively.

Hall was also good on the North’s only PAT attempt.

The North squad ran its series record against the South to 22-14-1, winning eight of the past nine contests.
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