TYLER — It was a Red sweep during the FCA Heart of a Champion All-Star Weekend.
After the Red teams won both the softball and baseball games — 8-4 and 15-5, respectively — on Friday night, the Red team finished off the weekend with 27-0 victory over the Blue team in the football game Saturday night at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
The Blue team actually grabbed the momentum early when Alba-Golden’s Zane Smith recovered a fumble. They then took a shot toward the end zone, but Daingerfield’s Trevanta Royal was there for the interception and returned it 41 yards.
Royal’s pick led to John Tyler’s Frankie Sanchez booting a 40-yard field goal to give the Red team a 3-0 lead with 5:33 left in the first quarter.
Sanchez then executed an onside kick to give the Red team the ball right back. Hallsville’s Tristan Driggers then went 37 yards for a touchdown to push the score to 10-0 with 4:37 left in the opening quarter.
The defenses continued to make plays the remainder of the half.
Frankston’s Luke King recovered a fumble for the Blue team, but they were unable to capitalize.
The Red team later made the most of a Blue turnover when Pittsburg’s Jaylon Jimmerson recovered a fumble and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to give his team a 17-0 lead with 1:21 left in the second quarter.
Jimmerson was getting the job on both sides of the ball. The Incarnate Word signee threw for 104 yards and ran for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Sanchez displayed his strong leg again in the second half. The Navarro College signee connected on a 49-yard field goal to give the Red team a 20-0 lead with 5:55 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Lindale’s Jaron Covey recovered the ball on the 4-yard line, and Jimmerson ran for a 4-yard touchdown on the next play to make the score 27-0.
Defensive standouts for the Blue were Troup’s Bryce Attaway, Smith, John Tyler’s Roy Lampton, John Tyler’s Tyrell Jones, Longview’s Tainique Taylor, Frankston’s King, and Whitehouse’s Darius Trimble.
Defensive standouts for the Red team were Jimmerson, Royal, Covey, John Tyler’s Jarrius Lane and Pittsburg’s Camryn Edney.
Canton’s McGwire Martin punted the ball nine times for an average of 42.9 yards, including a 61-yarder.
The Most Valuable Players were Jimmerson on offense and Royal on defense. Royal also made four catches for 46 yards on offense to go with his interception on defense.
The Heart of a Champion awards went to Longview’s Logan Peters of the Blue team and Gladewater’s Rashaud Johnson of the Red team.