North team wins annual Al Aska Shrine Classic

Four Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears see action for South in 26-12 loss

Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2002

Led by several members of Bartlett's undefeated state championship football team, the North team claimed a 26-12 victory over the South in the 25th Annual Al Aska Shrine Classic on Saturday afternoon at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Four Juneau-Douglas High School football players - wide receiver Ernest Monts, defensive back Willy Dodd, fullback-linebacker Nick West and offensive lineman Jason Cameron (a change from his usual linebacker-running back position this season) - were on the South roster in the annual benefit game for the Shriners Hospitals for Children fund.

The all-star game brings together some of the state's top high school seniors and this year is expected to raise more than $10,000 for the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children around the country, which aid more than 700 Alaskans each year. More than 80 high school football players took part in the game.

Drew Williams of Bartlett scored the first two touchdowns on runs of 4 and 33 yards as North took a 14-0 lead at halftime. Boaz Gionson, another Bartlett player, scored on a 26-yard run in the third quarter to make it 20-0 entering the final period.

The South closed the gap to 20-12 as Garrett Parker of Service scored on runs of 3 and 5 yards, but the North clinched the victory with 55 seconds left when Palmer's Ali Larijani scored on an 8-yard run.

The North team outrushed the South, 366 yards to 147, in a ground-dominated game. The two teams combined for just three pass receptions totaling 30 yards.

Even though his team lost, South player Jared Solberg of West Anchorage High School was named the outstanding player of the game.

Gionson was named the North's offensive player of the game as he finished with 110 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Williams added 80 yards on nine carries. Parker and Jon Rogers of Eielson shared the South's offensive player of the game award.

Javier Brown of Bartlett was the North's defensive player of the game, while Bryan Jones of Service was the South's defensive player of the game.

West was the only Juneau player to show up in the game's boxscore, rushing two times for seven yards. West also had a key defensive play when the North tried to go for a two-point conversion run after Larijani's touchdown. Houston's Jed Martinson took the ball on the conversion play and West hit him so hard it threw Martinson into a somersault and he fumbled the ball.

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