TURLOCK -- Hodari Peterson knows he won't be the receiver that the North defensive backs concern themselves with tonight.
At least not with stars like Los Banos' Rubal Sangha (73 catches for 1,201 yards and 21 touchdowns) or Patterson's Ronyea Ellington on his team.
It's what Peterson is counting on.
The former Buhach Colony star had an excellent fall, catching 55 passes for 894 yards and five touchdowns.
The numbers are even more impressive when you consider that Kevin Swartwood's Fly offense doesn't call for a lot of vertical routs.
"We have some plays where I get to go deep, but we don't call them very often," Peterson said. "Most of my yards came on short pass plays that I had to break open.
"What everyone keyed on for me was the sweep and at the end of the season, it felt like everyone knew when it was coming."
In South head coach Dennis Stubbs' more wide-open offense, Peterson doesn't think anyone will know where he's coming from.
He'll put that theory to the test tonight as he and his South teammates attempt to end a six-year losing skid to the North in the 36th Lions All-Star Football Classic.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the University of the Pacific's Stagg Memorial Stadium.
"Just playing receiver is fun," Peterson said. "I got to split it a little bit last year at Buhach.
"Meeting all these guys and doing something new has been great.
"A lot of people don't think of me as a receiver, so I'm hoping to put on a show."
If Peterson's practice reps are any indication, Stubbs said he's got a chance to do just that.
"If we can get the things to come together, (Peterson) could do something special," Stubbs said. "He's a good kid with a great attitude and he definitely has a lot of speed.
"He's been running a lot more routes than he's probably used to, but I think he's having a good time."
With the quarterback duo of Central Valley's Trevor Mew (2,900 yards, 29 touchdowns) and Modesto Enoch's Boomer Green, it would be tough for a receiver not to be having fun.
"They have big arms and they like to throw it down the field," Peterson said. "They're really smart about knowing when to throw the ball and where to place it.
"I'm excited just to go out and see what I can do.
"Playing at Buhach, we didn't have a whole lot of wins.
"Winning this game would really give me something to talk about when I look back on my career."
Sean Lynch is a Sun-Star sports writer. He can be reached at 385-2476 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.