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HS Football: Local players compete in 33rd annual IE All-Star Classic

 

Last updated 1/18/2018 at Noon

Citrus Hill's Jonathan Jefferson soars to gain a first down in the second half of the Inland Empire All-Star Classic at Corona Centennial High School Saturday, Jan. 13. Jerry Soifer photo.

CORONA – The Inland Empire high school All-Star Football Classic returned over this past weekend with an intense bout between players from Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The event is the longest running all-star football game in the state with more than 2,400 players that have participated over the years.

The 33rd edition of the game kicked off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Centennial High in Corona, and gave local players a great opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities. This was the 18th time the game was a county vs. county showdown and this year it was Citrus Hill's Jonathan Jefferson, with his 150 yards on 19 carries, who earned the game’s MVP. Santiago’s Darnay Smith added two rushing touchdowns, as Riverside won for the 12th time in 18 meetings and has now won five straight in the versus competition format. Riverside County got out in front to secure the win in the third quarter when three straight interceptions were thrown.

Saturday’s game was represented with players from 32 schools where five scholarships were also given out at the conclusion of the game. The Riverside County squad was coached by Centennial’s Matt Logan, while San Bernardino County’s team will be led by Summit’s Nick Mathey.

The Riverside County roster included the following local players:

Devan Freedland, Heritage, QB

McGwire Bustamante, Great Oak, QB

Jonathan Jefferson, Citrus Hill, RB

Darnay Smith, Santiago, RB

Sherod White, Heritage, WR

Trent Fuggins, Citrus Hill, WR

Jasiah Richard-Lewis, Rancho Verde, WR

Cayden Chambers, Murrieta Mesa, WR

Rashoud Shelton, Heritage, WR

Parker Benner, Heritage, OL

Solo Vaipulu, Centennial, OL

Avante Robbs, Heritage, OL

Stephen DeFranco, Santiago, OL

Clay Hatch, Murrieta Valley, OL

Billy Lutui, Centennial, OL

Yusuf Leigh, Linfield Christian, DL

Francisco Jimenez, Centennial, DL

Adrian Sandoval, Citrus Hill, DL

Jeremyah Wilson, Citrus Hill, DL

Zachary Otero, Centennial, LB

Malaki, Murrieta Valley, LB

Alex Benter, Santiago, LB

Carlton Johnson, Rancho Verde, DB

Chris Venable, Centennial, DB

Darnay Smith of Santiago High School, pictured here with his parents after the game, had two rushing TDs in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic. Courtesy photo.

Shawn Dourseau, Citrus Hill, DB

Danny Morales, Great Oak, DB

Daemahni Williams, Murrieta Mesa, DB

Derrick Valencia, Centennial, K-P

 

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