High School Football:
Saturday, July 10, 1999
By Gary Steiner
The New Jersey All-Stars defeated the New York All-Stars in the 2nd Annual Governor's Bowl All-Star Classic held at Rutgers Stadium. For New Jersey, Josh Minkins of Willingboro was awarded Offensive MVP, and Shaun Price of Haddon Heights was awarded Defensive MVP.
These two All-Star teams were evenly matched, and the fact that the players were not used to pworking with their teammates showed in the early going. Nether team was able to score in the first quarter, with penalties and uneven play slowing any advancement. The New Jersey team came close early in the second when they attempted a field goal with 4th and 7 at the 31 yard line, but it sailed wide right.
New York was the first to score when, with 8:32 left in the 1st half, quarterback Eric Hatkewitz of Monroe broke through on an option play and ran 80 yards for the touchdown. The PAT was wide left. On New Jersey's next possession, two penalties along with a sack on the 1 yard line by Brian Mann of Fairport eventually led to a fumble and safety to put New York up 8-0. The first play after the punt, New York's Willy Poole of Christ the King caught a 51 yard touchdown pass. The PAT put New York up 15-0 with 5:56 left in the half.
Things did not look good for the New Jersey team, but they finally managed to get a drive going with less than a minute left. Starting at their own 5 yard line, New Jersey drove down the field. Then, with 2nd and 3 at the New York 30, quarterback Mike Warker of Oakcrest threw a touchdown pass to Jamal Lord of Bayonne. An attempt at a 2 point conversion failed, leaving the score at 15-6 at 0:28. Two plays after the following kickoff, with a 2nd and 4 at their own 31, New York threw an errant pass that was picked off by Shaun Price of Haddon Heights who ran it in for the touchdown. Doug Kirchner of Bergen Catholic added the extra point to make the score 15-13 at the half.
In the second half, the momentum stayed with New Jersey. Greg Toal of Ramapo scored a 19 yard touchdown with 6:21 in the 3rd. A two point conversion attempt failed. Gerard Hayes of Passaic Tech rumbled in for a 5 yard touchdown with 2:14 left in the 3rd. Kirchner's extra point put the score at 26-15. The defense kept New York from scoring for the rest of the game.
Though Willingboro's Josh Minkins did not score a point, he ground out 51 yards on 13 carries to help New Jersey control the clock and keep New York off the scoreboard in the second half. Shaun Price's interception helped swing the momentum around in the first half after New Jersey had fallen behind.
Congratulations to all of the New Jersey All-Stars, players and coaches. Click here to view the roster.
Photos by Boog Williams
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