ARLINGTON, Texas -- Area players felt right at home during the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game, accounting for all every score for the North in a 38-14 victory.
* Fort Worth Arlington Heights' Marquis Jackson made a very early statement, returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for six. Jackson's return was just 3 yards short of the longest return in the history of the All-Star game, set by Livingston's Dustin Harris in 2009. Jackson, a Kansas recruit, was the offensive MVP of the game.
* Euless Trinity's Tyler Orwig kept the area scoring streak going with a 30-yard field goal with 5:08 left in the first to give the North a 10-0 lead.
* Dallas Woodrow Wilson LB Chad Polk swarmed with the North defense, keeping the South All-Stars off the board in the first quarter. He contributed with two tackles for loss in the opening frame and finished the game with four tackles. Polk almost pulled in an interception
* Highland Park's Jake Howeth looks like he was able to shake the rust off his football throw after focusing on baseball, connecting with Jackson for a 38-yard gain on his first play of the game. He would then show some of his running flair, converting a fourth-and-1 on a quarterback keeper and completing the drive by keeping a read option for the score, widening the North's lead in the second to 17-0 after the PAT. Howeth would connect again with Granbury wide reciever Tyler Wright on an 18-yard fade in the back of the end zone early in the fourth.
* Former Aledo cornerback Rylan Riney had a quiet first half but kept the scoreboard rolling in the second, taking a interception 27 yard into the end zone. That score combined with a few tipped passes earned him the defensive MVP award.
* Frisco Liberty's Malcolm Hill pulled in a 45-yard touchdown pass in the third for the North's other score.