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Stuck in the anonymity of the high desert throughout his high school football career at Palmdale, Vincent Strange found his moment in the spotlight today in the 17th annual Daily News East-West All-Star Game with five receptions for 163 yards and three touchdowns to carry the East to a 28-6 victory at College of the Canyons.
Strange scored on catches of 22, 33 and 63 yards to earn game MVP honors, as the East extended a six-game winning streak while forcing three turnovers and limiting the West to 196 yards.
“This was my big chance. It’s a big honor to play in this game,” Strange said. “It was just a great opportunity. I’ve never scored three touchdowns in a game before. Two was the most.”
East quarterback Kelly Hilinski of Notre Dame had a feeling Strange might break out.
“All week during practices, he’s been the best guy on the field,” Hilinski said. “The whole thing was just a great experience for all of us, and it was a lot of fun. It was just a great atmosphere, and we put in some hard work practicing, and everyone did a great job.”
Notre Dame’s Anthony Gutierrez chipped in six tackles and two sacks to earn team MVP honors, and West MVP Francis Owusu of Oaks Christian had six receptions for 90 yards including a 41- touchdown.
Proceeds benefited the Valley Youth Conference, which oversees local Pop Warner football, so the final score was not the most important thing, though both teams played hard, and there were a lot of big hits, exciting plays and mid-air collisions.
“This was the last one, and it was definitely a great game,” Owusu said. “It was just a really great experience, and I got a chance to bond with all the players from different schools.”
All of the East quarterbacks were effective. Hilinski completed 4 of 6 for 96 yards, Valencia’s Sean Murphy was 5 of 8 for 77 yards, and Alemany’s Devon Dunn was 3 of 6 for 44 yards. Hilinski added 26 yards rushing on five carries.
“I had a great time. There was a lot of good competition out here,” Dunn said.
Clark Abourisk of Thousand Oaks completed 8 of 14 passes for 117 yards for the West, but he was intercepted twice in the first half as the East opened a 14-0 lead. He faced a heavy pass rush, and the West had trouble moving the ball on the ground, as El Camino Real’s Tyson Jones was the only effective runner with 55 yards on 10 carries as a backup to Birmingham’s Isaiah Hastings, limited to 14 yards on 11 carries.
Chaminade’s Cory Harris and Oaks Christian’s Marcus Jones both had two sacks for the West, which trails 8-9 in the series.
“It was a fun experience, and I got to meet a lot of people,” Harris said. “I wanted to win. I love my teammates.”
The West struggled against the East’s relentless defense, particularly upfront.
“It took a while to get clicking,” said West center Eli Sibrian of Chaminade. “We couldn’t do much.”
Canyon’s Daniel Castro chipped in a 16-yard touchdown run for the East, and Nate O’Toole contributed four successful point-after kicks.
LA Daily News All-Star Game
at College of the Canyons
West – 0-0-0-6-6
E-Strange 22 pass from Dunn (O’Toole kick)
E-Castro 16 run (O’Toole kick)
E-Strange 33 pass from Murphy (O’Toole kick)
W-Owusu 41 pass from Abourisk (kick failed)
E-Strange 63 pass from Hilinski (O’Toole kick)
West – Abourisk 8-14-2-117; Smith 5-13-20
East – Hilinski 4-6-96; Murphy 5-8-77; Dunn 3-6-1-44
West – Jones 10-55
East – Hilinski 5-26
West – Owusu 6-90
East – Strange 5-163
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ISCVprepwriter wrote: I talked to Strange afterward, and he said he does have a couple of schools interested .... Also fixed the sixth in row, thanks all ... It was a nice event, a fairly nice crowd considering the NFL playoff game on TV at the same time, and I think there were some really athletic kids on the defenses today .... Manfro was there, too, he had some surgery and was in a sling.
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