Late Score Saves South

Salvador Quintanilla scored the touchdown and the game winning two-point conversion for the South. (Photo by Duane Barker).

By Tim Peterson

(Walnut) – Walnut’s Salvador Quintanilla crashed into the endzone for a two-point conversion with 1:13 left in the fourth quarter to give the South an 8-7 win over the North Friday night in the North-South All-Star game at Walnut High.

Jimmy Romo hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass as the North drew first blood. (Photo by Duane Barker).

Quintanilla also scored the touchdown to set up the conversion on a one-yard touchdown run that capped a 56-yard drive. The South initially lined up to kick a game-tying extra point but the North jumped off side moving the ball a yard closer and they decided to go for two and the win. The move paid off.

Arcadia’s Cardell Mayfield had a big interception for the North to close out the first half. (Photo by Duane Barker).

The North had one last shot but the South defense forced a fumble and Walnut’s Elias Rojas fell on it with 13 seconds left it ice it.

The North took the lead with 8:11 left in the first quarter when Azusa’s Jimmy Romo hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from his Azusa teammate Nathan Noquez who hit him in stride and he was off to the races.

That was the only offense the North could muster. The South had a couple of opportunities before finally cashing in. Quintanilla was intercepted in the endzone by Arcadia’s Cardell Mayfield as the first half clock ran out.

Isaiah Ariza of Baldwin Park can’t catch up to it for the South as Calix Jamerson of Crescenta Valley defends for the North. (Photo by Duane Barker).

In the second half the South marched down to the North 11-yard line but were stopped on fourth down.

Jaden Clark of San Marino also picked off a pass for the North as the South turned the ball over twice. The North had two turnovers as well – an interception by Rojas to go along with his fumble recovery.

West Covina’s Zach Requena had 57 yards on 9 carries for the South and Adrian Silva of Bell Gardens ran for 42 yards on 12 carries. The North’s lone offensive highlight came on the first quarter touchdown. Rosemead’s Nico Banuelos had some success early on the ground and finished with 26 yards.

It was only fitting that on their home field, in their last high school game, the Walnut firm of Quintanilla and Rojas made the biggest plays of the night.

Most Valuable Players

South: Offense – Salvador Quintanilla, Walnut; Defense – Elias Rojas, Walnut

North: Offense – Jimmy Romo, Azusa; Defense- Cardell Mayfield, Arcadia

2 Comments to "Late Score Saves South"

  1. ?'s Gravatar ?
    May 14, 2023 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    The long snapper was better.

  2. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    May 13, 2023 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Great night for football. The kid the impress me was the kicker from Glendora. He would flip the field position on all his punts. If the North does not fumble with 10 seconds left in the game, the kid would have had the opportunity to win the game with a field goal.

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