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Opponents become teammates as all-stars

Wedemeyer Game returns to Levi

They spent last fall as adversaries, battling it Out each and every Friday night on football fields throughout the Central Coast Section.

This summer, though, they come together as teammates, supporting one another as they represent their schools in the 42nd annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

High school football's cream of the crop from the 2015 fall season will play for the North and South teams when they collide in the game better known as the Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Game - on July 16, 6 p.m., at the home of the San Francisco 49ers: Levi's Stadium.

Some players playing in the all-star classic finished the 2015 season as teammates technically at least. They joined together for special honors on the all-Central Coast Section football team.

Colt Doughty and Ryan Gault of Los Gatos join Ryan Quadros of Live Oak and Oak Grove's Rashaan Fontenette, Tyrell Johnson and Anu Tuiono on the South squad this summer, and playing for the North are Dontye James of Silver Creek, Cesar Silva of Milpitas, Ryan Moles of St. Francis and Manu Turituri of Wilcox. All of them were selected to the first and second all-CCS teams.

Fontenette tops the list. The talented running back was the 2016 Player of the Year after finishing the season with 2,538 yards rushing, and he was joined on the first offense by James, who raced from over 2,300 yards for the Raiders; Johnson, a big 6-0, 220-pound lineman for the Eagles who was his league's Outstanding Offensive Lineman; and Silva, a kicker who drilled 61 of 65 extra points for the Trojans.

Doughty, a tough linebacker for the Wildcats, and Tuiono, a hard-hitting defensive back for the Eagles, were each picked to the first defense on the CCS team.

Moles, a big 280-pound lineman for the. Lancers, earned a place on the second team offense and Gault, a talented two-way player who starred in the Gatos secondary, and Quadros, a rugged linebacker for the Acorns, and Turituri, the anchor of the Wilcox secondary, were tabbed to the second defense.

While Fontenette figures to lead the South running attack along with Saratoga's Alex Hawks (1,153 yards rushing in 2015) head coach Mark Krail of Los Gatos will have a quartet of talented quarterbacks ready to put the ball in the air.

The foursome of South passers includes Christopher's Matty Adamkiewicz, who completed 124 of 235 passes for 1,783 yards and 20. touchdowns last fall; Erik Ornduff of Live Oak (106 of 171 for 2,074 yards and 25 TDs); Anthony Pozzetti (34 of 62 for 615 yards and 6 TDs in a season ended by injury after five games); and Archbishop Mitty's Sam Serra, who hit on 83 of 138 passes for 881 yards and nine scores but also ran for 501 yards.

For the North, head coach Eric Luescher of Silver Creek brings a stable of five quarterbacks to the all-star classic, led by Kamali Akina, who hit on 71 of 126 passes for 1,289 yards and 14 TDs while leading St. Francis into the CCS Open Division finals last fall.

Joining him behind the center will be Oliver Svirsky of Milpitas (78 of 153 for 1,632 yards, 14 TDs), Marcus Romero of Piedmont Hills (279 of 430, for 3,176 yards, 28 TDs), Eduardo Andrade of Wilcox (74 of 217 for 1,169 yards, 14 TDs) and Homestead's Jerome Holloway, who missed much of last year with an injury.

Former stars
The local players join an impressive cast of former all-stars, many of whom went on to greatness following their participation in the summer all-star game.

Former Los Gatos High School star Kiko Alonso and Gunderson great James Jones were all-stars who are now active players in the NFL.

Alonso, a linebacker, originally signed with Buffalo and starred for Bills as a rookie in 2013. He was injured in 2014 and again in 2015 while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, and he is now with the Miami Dolphins.

Jones, who starred for seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers before playing a year with the Oakland Raiders, is now back as a Wide receiver for the Pack.

Alonzo played for the North team in the summer all-star classic and Jones played for the South.

Jared Allen, another Los Gatos graduate, retired following the 2015 season after a sensational NFL career. The All-Pro defewive end, who was a member of the North team in the all-star game, played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers during his Career.

Quarterback Jeff Garcia (Gilroy/San Jose State University) is a former all-star who went on to play for six NFL teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, and Doug Cosbie (St. Francis/ Dallas Cowboys), Don Schwartz (Kitty/St. Louis Cardinals), Jeff Toews (Del Mar/Miami Dolphins), Rich Campbell (Santa Teresa/Green Bay Packers), Greg Woodard (Silver Creek/ Oakland Raiders), Ben Bennett (Peterson/Chicago Bears), John Hendy (Wilcox/ San Diego Chargers), John Faylor (Mitty/ 49ers), Erik Howard (Bellarmine/Giants), Randy Kirk (Bellarrnine/49ers) and Trent Edwards (Los Gatos/Buffalo Bills) used the all-star classic as springboard to the professional ranks. Also included on that list are the late Pat Tillman (Leland/Arizona Cardinals), Carl Monroe (Overfelt/ 49ers) and John Tuggle (Independence/ New York Giants).

Bill Haselman (Saratoga) and the late Ken Caminiti (Leigh) each played in the summer game, then went on to play baseball in the major leagues, and Millard Hampton (Silver Creek) was an all-star who went on to win an Olympic gold medal.

Football banquet
The players and coaches selected for the 2016 game were invited to a banquet in their honor on May 9 at the Bowlmor Bowling Center in San Jose. Guest speakers included San Francisco 49ers JeRon Hamm, DuJuan Harris, and Jarryd Hayne, along with Lucy Wedemeyer, whose late husband, Charlie, the game is named for.

The master of ceremonies was Bob Seymour of the Almaden Valley Rotary Club,the group that has sponsored the game since its early beginnings back in 1974. With the exception of 1976, the high school all-star game had been held every summer since, and Jim Guido, the game chairman and a Rotarian himself, has been involved in every one of them.

South team
Mark Krail, the head coach at Los Gatos High School, will lead the South team into the all-star game. His assistant coaches are Justin Stenger, Ken Orvick and Joe Farwell of Los Gatos, Eric Perry of Pioneer, Tim Lugo of Saratoga, Nick Alfano of Santa Teresa and former Leland coach Mike Carrozzo.

North team
Silver Creek High School head coach Eric Luescher will head up the North squad for the summer game. His assistant coaches will be Arsalan Niazmand, Chris Bolding, Jacob Sandoval, Darren Sumida, Aaron Noriega, Hector Flores, Mark Curran and Gabriel Resendez, all of Silver Creek.