Bearcats help North win All-Star Game

The host Grays Harbor Bearcats provided reinforcements for the North All-Stars in the Pacific Football League All-Star Game.

Thirteen Bearcats saw action and helped the North to a 37-24 win over the South on Saturday afternoon at Stewart Field.

First team all-league linebacker Joel Brown led the charge of contributing Bearcats by intercepting two passes, and was the only Bearcat to score.

Brown took a second-quarter pick back 19 yards for a touchdown that, at the time, gave the North a 21-10 lead.

“The game was a blast,” Brown said. “I was very fortunate to be on the same field as such incredible athletes. My teammates made the touchdown play an easy read for me and I was lucky enough to be able to snag it and make it into the end zone.”

Nine of the thirteen Grays Harbor players who were initially asked to play in the game were there: Brown, Loyal Linton, Eric Dayton, Jeremy Walker, Chris Jackson, Don Orton, Matt Brown, Jake Early and Jerry Mancuso.

Shane Dayton, Vincent McCrory, Chris Cook and Joe Winther were unavailable due to various reasons.

Due to a lack of players for the North, several other Bearcats players were asked to participate shortly before the game was scheduled to start. Chris Raffelson, Jeff Gates, Tam Hines and Jack Traxtle suited up at the last minute.

The North did not have a regular quarterback at the game. Traxtle, who serves as the Bearcats’ backup signal-caller but normally plays fullback or linebacker, stepped in and started at QB. After playing three series under center and passing for 40 yards despite a lot of pressure from the South’s defensive front, Traxtle turned the passing duties over to South King County Colt wide receiver, Anthony Montgomery.

Montgomery completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 246 yards. The elusive wide-out tossed three touchdown passes, all to Seattle Stallions wide receiver Willie Edwards.

Traxtle was not the only Bearcats player that was asked to play a different position than usual. Mascuso, a safety, shifted to running back and rushed 11 times for 49 yards.

Eric Dayton, a defensive end and tight end, performed admirably as an offensive tackle.

Grays Harbor’s Chris Jackson was the North’s second leading receiver. Jackson hauled in six passes for 62 yards, and also logged some defensive duty near the end of the game. The first team all-league wide receiver played a few snaps at cornerback and blitzed the quarterback once.

Southern Oregon Renegades running back Andre Smith scored all three touchdowns for the South. Smith carried nine times for 42 yards and scored once from 18 yards out and twice from one yard out.

South 10 7 7 0 – 24 North 0 24 0 13 – 37

First Down: South 11, North 17

Net Rushing: South 60, North 59

Net Passing: South 136, North 276

Total net yardage: South 196, North 335

Passing: South 11-25, North 17-27

Had Intercepted: South 4, North 3

Fumbles Lost: South 0, North 4

Yards Penalized: South 65, North 80