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South wins second consecutive Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Game

By Ray Hacke

The quarterback of a championship team combined with two former teammates to lead his team to victory Wednesday night at the 37th Annual Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game.

Piedmont Hills' Jason Harms completed first-half touchdown passes to fellow ex-Pirates Jonah Moon and Juquelle Thompson, leading the South squad to a 24-13 victory over the North before a sizable crowd at Spartan Stadium.

Harms and Co. outdueled fellow quarterback Christoph Bono and his ex-Palo Alto Vikings teammates in leading the South to its second straight victory in the annual showcase of top outgoing high school seniors from Santa Clara County. Harms finished 11 for 15 for 132 yards, while Bono was 12 of 14 for 86 yards -- more than half of which went to ex-Viking Davante Adams late in the fourth quarter, when the outcome was all but decided.

"It felt real good," Thompson said of getting one last win with his fellow former Pirates, who won last season's Central Coast Section Division I title. "We played like we were a championship team again."

Harms completed a 3-yard pass to Moon in the first quarter to help put the South up 7-0, then hooked up with Thompson for a 25-yard TD in the waning moments of the first half to give the South a 21-7 lead at the intermission.

Thompson's touchdown came just two plays after Bono connected with Archbishop Mitty running back Rocky Meszaros for a 10-yard TD that helped the North cut the South's lead to 14-7.

Also scoring for the South in the first half was former Valley Christian quarterback Zach Vaiana, whose 7-yard run helped give his team a 14-0 advantage.

After Meszaros' TD, the South kept the North out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter, when Bono hit Adams for a 12-yard score.

"Our strategy was to keep after them until they couldn't take it anymore, and that's what (our defense) did," Vaiana said.

Ex-Bellarmine kicker Thomas Dazzi had a 47-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the South a 24-7 lead.

Valley Christian's Brian Fobbs led the South in receiving with six catches for 68 yards. Thompson was a close second with five catches for 67 yards, while Adams led the North with seven catches for 57 yards.

Overfelt running back Benjamyn Tupuola was the leading rusher for either side with 51 yards on 14 carries for the South. Westmont's Alex Kamara was the North's leading rusher with six carries for 29 yards.

Valley Christian linebacker Jamaal Rose had a tackle for loss and also blocked a punt as the South stifled the North's opening drive in the first quarter. The blocked punt was recovered at the South 41 by Gilroy linebacker Eric Vegas.

That defensive series set the tone for the entire game.

"After the first series, something clicked," Piedmont Hills linebacker Ruben Caraballo said. "We're all All-Stars, but they weren't up to our pace."

Rose added another tackle for loss in the third quarter.

South    7    14    0    3 24
North     0     7    0    6 13

S Moon 3 pass from Harms (Dazzi kick)
S Vaiana 7 run (Dazzi kick)
N Meszaros 10 pass from Bono (Ruiz kick)
S Thompson 25 pass from Harms (Dazzi kick)
S Dazzi 47 FG
N Adams 12 pass from Bono