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Trick play gives South win in All-Star football game

Published Thursday, July 21, 2005, in the San Jose Mercury News
By Dennis Knight

The South team practiced the trick play a couple of times, just in case things got desperate in the 81st annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School AllStar football game.

When the South trailed by four points with less than two minutes remaining, and facing fourth-and-long at the North's 42-yard line, Coach Mark Krail decided the time was right.

Quarterback T.J. DeStefano of Branham threw a backward pass to Santa Teresa's Marlon Rosales, who then completed a pass to Terrence Critchlow of Piedmont Hills at the North 8.

Seconds later, Piedmont Hills Steven Pinion scored on a 1-yard run to give the South a dramatic 18-16 victory at San Jose City College.

"We knew we had to pull something out of our back pocket in that situation," said Krail of Pioneer High. "We had the right guy to go up and get it."

Critchlow, who was also a standout basketball player, played it like he was going up for a rebound.

"I told Terrence it wasn't going to be a perfect throw - he was going to have to go up and get it," said Rosales, who also rushed for 61 yards. "Once I threw it, I just sat there and watched. It had worked in practice and we thought it might help us win the game."

Trailing 6-3 at halftime, the North got back into the game with defense and special teams. On the South's first possession, St. Francis linebacker Mike Morales picked up his first of two fumbles and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown to give the North a 9-6 lead.

Minutes later, another Lancer,got into the end zone when Ekahi Casino fielded a punt and evaded several tackles before breaking free for a 78-yard touchdown.

The South trailed 16-6 before its offense finally came back to life. Rosales weaved through the North defense and followed his blockers on a 41 yard run to the North 19.

A few plays later, Burton Iosefa scored his second touchdown, from 5 yards, to bring the South to within striking distance. Iosefa, who led all runners with 86 yards in eight carries, had a big night on the same field where he led Oak Grove to a Central Coast Section championship against San Benito in December with a 239-yard night.

J R. Adams, the Valley Christian star who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Cancun in March, was honored at a halftime ceremony. His father, K.C. Adams, was given a No. 3 All-Star jersey at midfield.

"I have mixed emotions right now," K.C. Adams said. "This was something my son worked his tail off to achieve and he did everything he could to get here. I know he is with us tonight by looking at the full moon."