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All-stars on losing end

FOOTBALL: Glendale college’s Chaidez among players on South team that loses close one, 10-9, in college game.

February 03, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

VAN NUYS — What the first three quarters lacked in excitement, the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s first Sports Scholarships USA Junior College All-Star game at Birmingham High more than made up for.

The South team, which included Glendale Community College athletes Jorge Chaidez — a Bellarmine-Jefferson High graduate — Kalii Robinson, Cerone Woods, Willie Youngblood, John Schachtner and Roger Garcia, traveled 55 yards in just over three minutes to score a touchdown that brought it within one point of tying the North with 1:59 left in the game.

Going for the lead rather than a tying extra-point, the South put the game on the line with a passing two-point conversion attempt and saw the gamble fall just short of a go-ahead catch in the end zone, giving the North a 10-9 victory.

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“It was an exciting finish,” said Garcia, who was lined up at tight end for most of the South’s late touchdown drive, as well as it’s final ill-fated offensive play. “I think we could have gotten it, we could have scored the [conversion]. We went for the victory, all or nothing.

“It was very fun, it was the best game I’ve ever played in.”

Garcia and Schachtner logged the heaviest minutes of the Vaqueros in the game, anchoring the right side of the offensive line while alternating at guard and tackle for most of the evening.

Running backs Chaidez, who finished with 10 yards in three carries and Youngblood (three yards in five carries) also got some reps for a South offense that didn’t score until East Los Angeles College’s Stephen Torres’ 23-yard field goal with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter that knotted the game up at 3.

The South’s defense held the North scoreless for 32:09 following Daniel Padilla’s 26-yard field goal with 1:19 left in the opening quarter.

“We tried to go out there and win, but even though we didn’t win, I had a good time,” said Robinson, who finished with three tackles at linebacker and very nearly came up with a fumble that was recovered by the North in the third quarter. “It was fun playing with [players from] all the teams I played against during the season. It was a good experience.”

The North took the lead back with 5:10 left in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Citrus College quarterback Jonathan Price to Citrus’ Andrew Romero.

The South then pulled to within one on a one-yard run touchdown run by Santa Barbara City College’s Tristan Carter with just under 2:00 left.

“It was a pretty good experience playing with everyone else from other colleges,” Garcia said. “Everyone got along together, we united as a team within a week, so it was a good game.”


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