When you look at both original rosters and then see who actually played Saturday night, the realization is that there were a few holes on both rosters. But make no mistake about it, there was more than enough talent to showcase Greater Houston's finest at Delmar Stadium.
Final Tick Decides the Game
In the end, it came down to a last-second field goal attempt by the Red team, which was down 23-21 as Pablo Beltran (Atascocita) lined up for the game winning field goal. The first soared wide left, but an off sides penalty on the White defense gave Beltran another try.
On this attempt, it was White team lineman Ian Gray (Pearland) getting a hand on the ball for the block, securing a 23-21 win the in the third annual Space City Classic All-Star game. Speaking of Gray, who stands 6-foot-8 and weighs 330 pounds Rice is the next stop for him as he signed a letter of intent to play for the in-town Owl program and coach David Bailiff.
Gray said that the Owl coaches are likely use him at one of the tackle positions, but not sure if he will red shirt or play as a true freshman.
On the other end, Beltran will continue his collegiate career at Navy. Throughout the process, several schools courted Beltran, including Big 12 and Conference USA programs. But it seems like tradition and his future professional career led him to this conclusion.
The Return Game
While on the subject of special teams, the kickoff return game is worth a mention. For the Red squad, Wesley Vincent (Aldine) took a kickoff 97 yards for a score in the second to close the White team lead. Standing alongside Vincent was one of the city's top return guys in LaKendrick Williams of Sharpstown. Though he did not take one all the way, Williams had plenty of yardage in that category.
That will go a long way as Williams will be in that role as he gears up for the next level at College Station with Texas A&M.
White team defensive back Neiko Conway came close to taking one the distance before running out of gas with one defender left to make the play. Conway will play defensive back for the Lone Star Conference team Midwestern State.
Defense Gets it Done
Plenty of hard hits being delivered throughout the night, but there were a few who stood out amongst the rest. From the White team, linebacker Brandon Thornton (Conroe), who was in on about five tackles and had two big fumble recoveries, both of which led to scores. Also linebackers Stephen Maeweather (Sharpstown) and James Radcliffe (Cinco Ranch) had good showings as well. Maeweather will play Big 12 ball at Oklahoma State while Radcliffe will be with Gray over at Rice. Defensive backs Trent Langley (Oak Ridge) had quite a few tackles and Aaron Taylor, former Jones quarterback, had an interception in the first half.
On the Red squad, Alton Demby of North, Cqulin Hubert of Eisenhower and Philip Dean of Aldine caused a lot of havoc on the White team offense. Demby, future Houston Cougar, came in with hard hits from the secondary while Hubert and Dean kept the White team backfield in check. Dean, scored a touchdown off of a fumble recovery as a result of a Hubert sack. Both Dean and Hubert continue their football careers at Tyler Junior College and Texas Tech respectively.
Offense Catches a Late Spark
The MVP of the game was White team quarterback Michael Stojkovic, who is from the powerhouse Katy program. Stojkovic had plenty of carries on the night, two of his rushes went for touchdowns. The other White team touchdown was from 28 yards out from former Clear Brook star Brandon Ellison, who opted to play for Air Force next fall. Yates alum Reginald Perry had few good runs himself. Perry stated at practice last week that he has a good chance of playing for Grambling next season.
Staying with the running backs, Red team Tracy Woods turned up his game in the second half with a few first down runs and a touchdown. Vincent also contributed to the Red rushing attack. Not a lot of things happened in the passing game, but DeChe' Milburn and Isaiah Battle both looked good on the night.
Other points of interest
Spoke briefly with Martin Ifedi and he looks college ready now. He will make his way to Memphis in June and will play the defensive end position. Ellison will leave for Colorado in the second week in July. Bellaire alumnus Joe Okafor, who signed with Oklahoma State, said that the Cowboy coaches will use him on the defensive side of the ball and do not have any intentions on red shirting him.
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