The sixth annual High Desert All-Star Football Game was played Saturday with the South team coming out on top 28-0. There have been many memorable moments and performances in the game’s history. Here are the top 10 as selected by staff writers Kyle Glaser, Matthew Peters and C.J. Daft.
Apple Valley running back Tyler Murphy needed just a few carries make a big impact and capture MVP honors during the 2013 game. Murphy finished the day with 81 yards on five carries and a touchdown. He had an impressive 53-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter.
The South team’s defense turned in a memorable performance in 2013. The defense grabbed two interceptions, forced three fumbles, made a goal-line stand to keep the contest scoreless and had 11 plays for a loss as it delivered the first shutout in the history of the game.
Silverado’s Tyree Hunter-Johnson returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2012 game. The Silverado defensive back also picked off two passes and was named MVP of the game, despite the fact he wasn’t originally selected to participate.
Victor Valley’s Isaiah Kepley did a bit of everything to earn MVP honors in a 49-7 North rout in 2011. He accounted for 24 points, scoring three touchdowns and kicking six extra points. Two touchdowns were receiving and the other was a fumble recovery. Kepley wasn’t done for the day either. He went on to hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 32 seconds left at the basketball all-star game held later in the day.
Victor Valley quarterback Zeek Julien helped the North get off to a fast start in the 2011 blowout win. He completed 16 of 18 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns before taking a seat at halftime.
Hesperia’s Jay Waddell scored three touchdowns to lead the South to a 32-29 victory in 2010. Two of the scores came from at least 30 yards out — a 32-yard catch and a 36-yard run.
Granite Hills’ Bryce Quigley scored three touchdowns in the 2009 game. The tight end hauled in scoring passes of 2, 6 and 15 yards and earned MVP honors for the North squad.
Serrano defensive back Courtney Webbs picked off three passes and broke up two more in the 2009 game. He earned MVP honors in the South’s 24-12 victory.
Granite Hills defensive back Mykhel Shelton broke up a pass in the end zone in the final seconds to secure a win for the North in the inaugural game in 2008. Intended receiver T.J. Gretzner was open for what would’ve been the game-winning pass before Shelton suddenly stepped in to break it up.
Silverado’s Gerryl Bennett was not originally selected to participate in the inaugural game and even had a jersey with the wrong name on it. But he made his presence felt when he made a fingertip catch in the end zone for the game-winning score as the North won 26-23.