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The 757 All-Star Game gave seniors one more chance to play high school football
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Saturday’s 757 All-Star Game may have been an exhibition, but the players poured their hearts into one more opportunity to compete.
“It was a great game. I came out here and had a lot of fun with a lot of different players from different schools and competed,” said Phoebus quarterback Chris Daniels. “The coaches made it really simple and easy. Everybody has a high IQ so we got it done.”
Daniels was the Peninsula Offensive MVP. He set up the winning touchdown with several runs on the Peninsula team’s final 75-yard drive.
The Peninsula’s defensive MVP was Daniels’ Phoebus teammate Josiah Silver. The Southside scored only once, and that was on a deep pass from Grassfield’s Grant Swanger that Kempsville wide receiver Raevon Gordon managed to haul in and tip toe his was to a touchdown in the first half.
“It was fun. It was good being around a different environment, playing with new people. It was fun teaming up,” Silver stated. “Practice was fun. It was fun getting to know people who I normally don’t play with.”
The Southside had a good showing as well, despite only putting seven points on the board.
Offensive MVP Raevon Gordon, who caught the touchdown pass for the Southside’s only score, was thrilled with the experience of hitting the gridiron for one more game.
“We all played our best. This is our last ride,” Gordon explained. “(Playing in the game) was good. I missed two seasons because of one injury. I could come back and do my thing. Recruiting is going good. I have three offers and I’m waiting until the spring to commit.”
Defensive MVP Elijah Askew was one of several players representing Nansemond River on Saturday. Askew transferred from King’s Fork, but missed most of his senior year due to an injury. Without Askew, the Warriors made a two-game playoff run before bowing to eventual Class 5 State Champion Maury.
Askew had a similar All-Star week experience to share.
“It was an honor. I missed most of my senior year with a broken fibula. It was great to be out here again,” Askew said. “It was something I had never experienced before. It was actually a fun game. I kind of lost my love of football while I was at King’s Fork, but I got it back when I came here.”
For some of the players, this will be their last game of football. For others, this will be a springboard to playing college football. Ultimately, win or lose, it’s a great opportunity to get one more game and showcase for potential college recruitment.
– Andy Hilton