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Friday Fireworks: North offense, defense runs wild on South in Rotary All-Star football game

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CHOWCHILLA -- Fred Gaines had just picked up his second interception in the game.

The Chowchilla senior sought out Merced's Bernard Bolden on the sideline to talk about it.

"Hey, Bernard, you have to get another one," Gaines said. "Come on."

Bolden smiled before putting on his helmet to head back out on defense.

"I got you," said Bolden, who eventually settled for just one interception.

It was that kind of night for the North.

Gaines, Bolden and the rest of the defense combined for five interceptions.

Their offensive teammates were just as impressive, as the North won a lopsided 36-14 contest in the 24th Annual Chowchilla Rotary North/South All-Star Football Game on Friday night in front of a crowd of about 2,500 at Henry Massarro Stadium.

For Gaines, it was one last chance to show off his talents on his old field.

"It felt good to show our fans what I can do one more time," Gaines said.

Gaines wasn't the only one to put on show.

The North had plenty of stars.

The scoring onslaught started early when Central Valley quarterback Trevor Mew hooked up with Golden Valley receiver Adrian Abarca on a 23-yard touchdown with 10:39 left in the first quarter.

"It was just a slant pattern," said Abarca, who caught four passes for 86 yards. "I caught the ball and there was a guy right on me. I had to shake him and then another guy wrapped me up.

"I just kept driving my legs until I was in the end zone."

The North had built a 16-7 lead when the "Showman" got in the act.

Los Banos' Rubal Sangha hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Buhach Colony's Kyle Davey to extend the North lead to 22-7 late in the first half..

"I made an inside move and my guy completely stopped," Sangha said. "I don't know what happened.

"I don't know if he slipped or if he was playing a cover-two."

Los Banos teammate Jake Barcellos was in the right place at the right time as he pounced on a muffed punt in the end zone for another North score in the third quarter.

Moments later, Mew hooked up with Chowchilla's Kyle Espinola for a 55-yard scoring strike to put the North ahead 36-7 with 4:53 left in the third quarter.

It was a night where the North didn't do much wrong.

"Our O-line did a great job of protecting early and it allowed us to get the ball to our weapons," said LB coach Dennis Stubbs, who coached the North.

"We were able to spread the ball around pretty well."

Chowchilla Rotary All-Star Game


At Chowchilla

South 7 0 0 7 -- 14

North 16 6 14 0 -- 36

First Quarter

N -- Adrian Abarca 23 pass from Trevor Mew (Humberto Del Rio kick)

N -- Isaiah Borba 4 run (Del Rio kick)

N -- Safety (Silvestre Yanez sacked Jesse Lownsbury in end zone)

S -- Juan Gonzales 35 pass from Cameron Grant (Jose Magana kick)

Second Quarter

N -- Rubal Sangha 14 pass from Kyle Davies (kick failed)

Third Quarter

N -- Jake Barcellos recovered fumble in end zone (Del Rio kick)

N -- Kyle Espinola 55 pass from Mew (Del Rio kick)

Fourth Quarter

S -- Jason Linman 13 pass from Grant (Magana kick)