June 9 – Lorain County
Although the score may not show it, Saturday’s Lorain County Senior All-Star Football Game at North Ridgeville High School was filled with excitement for all involved. The West upset the East by a final score of 6-2.
The East, comprising of athletes from Avon, Avon Lake, Brookside, Elyria, Elyria Catholic, Keystone, Midview and North Ridgeville, scored the game’s first points early in the first quarter.
After the East drove the ball to the West’s 3-yard line in the game’s opening possession, they were forced to turn the ball over on downs. The West took over possession, but Curtis Alston was tackled in his own end zone and the East picked up the safety.
The East would never score again on their way to the loss.
The only other points came in the second quarter. The West’s Ricky Earl, of Southview, caught a 32-yard pass from Amherst’s Alex Basinski for the only touchdown of the game.
The West team was made up of athletes from Admiral King, Amherst, Clearview, Oberlin, Southview, Vermilion and Wellington.
Despite the low scoring affair, all of the athletes enjoyed themselves. Although the game is supposed to be less competitive than a regular high school football game, there was still a strong desire to come out on top.
“It was a lot more intense than I’d expected,” North Ridgeville’s Mo Jaber said. “It was the East versus the West and even though it’s meant for fun, you still want to knock some heads off. It definitely got heated.”
Jaber, who is going to continue his football career at Baldwin-Wallace, admitted that even though he’s looking forward to playing in college, he will still miss playing high school football.
“I’m definitely going to miss the adrenaline and Friday night lights,” Jaber said. “This game gave me something to look forward to as I move onto college, though.”
There were many times during the game that the East squad threatened to take over. While nothing came out of the drives, it showed that the East team was competitive.
“We played against the best of the West, but you know we’re still the beasts from the East,” Jaber said.
For the game, Jaber had 36 yards rushing on nine attempts and caught one pass for 10 yards.
North Ridgeville teammates Domonique Qualls had two catches for 28 yards and Steven Lopez added a catch for 20 yards.
Josh Bonnett of Elyria was named the Most Valuable Player for the East team. Basinski was named the Most Valuable Player for the West.
Also representing North Ridgeville was Alex Lovasz, Chris Fule and Dallas Burt.
During halftime of the game, Bob Tomaszewski, Bob DiFranco and Jim Bollenbacher were inducted into the Lorain County Football Coaches Hall of Fame.