Peninsula QB Luke Gatz of York HS after scoring the game winning TD (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
York QB Luke Gatz provides the winning score
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The 757 All-Star Game came down to the wire.
After two scores in the first half, the Peninsula and Southside teams were deadlocked at 7 each.
The Peninsula squad came out in the second half and dominated the field position and yardage battle, but didn’t reach the end zone until York QB Luke Gatz and Phoebus QB Chris Daniels teamed up to lead a final drive that was the difference maker.
The quarterback duo accomplished more with their legs than their arms in that final drive.
Team Peninsula covered 75 yards and the drive got a key boost on 4th and 8 when Daniels tucked and ran 22 yards to the Southside’s six-yard line. On the next play, Gatz pushed the ball over the goal line with 2:17 left in the game.
A successful two-minute drill by the Southside team never materialized and they turned the ball over on downs. The game ended with the Peninsula team grinding down the final seconds.
Daniels won the Offensive MVP award while teammate Josiah Silver of Phoebus won the defensive award. Raevon Gordon of Kempsville and Elijah Askew of Nansemond River won the MVP awards for the Southside teams.
Saturday’s game, played at Christopher Newport University’s Towne Bank Stadium for the first time, was the fourth annual event for the 757 All-Star Game Group.
– Andy Hilton