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Fountain Valley's Myers comes up big
COSTA MESA – Technically, it was an all-star game. Fountain Valley receiver Sean Myers turned the first half of the Brea Lions Club OC All-Star Football Game on Friday into a personal skills challenge.
It started with his hands. Myers, the smallest player on the South roster at 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, was big enough to out-jump a North defender in the end zone and pin the ball to his back to secure a 13-yard touchdown on his team's opening possession.
"He was looking at me, he didn't see the ball thrown," Myers said. "I just jumped up and reached over his back to catch it. They look at me and they don't see much, but I'm able to do some stuff on the field."
Next came the speed competition. On the final play of the first quarter, Myers burned a defender down the sideline before hauling in a 46-yard pass to put the South at the 8-yard line, leading to its second touchdown.
"It was supposed to be an out and he was on my hip," Myers said. "Before the play I had said if he was on my hip, I'm just going to keep going."
Myers' third act looked like something out of the playbook from "Little Giants." Early in the second quarter, he caught a 14-yard pass and, while being tackled, he lateraled the ball to Mission Viejo's Buzzy Yokoyama, who took it the remaining 38 yards for a touchdown.
"The beauty of that play is it's supposed to be a little quicker than that," South coach Rick Gibson of Woodbridge said. "But he read it and they both stayed on track and it was history after that."
The game was less than 14 minutes old, yet three plays from Myers effectually earned him offensive MVP honors as the South built an early three-touchdown cushion in its 32-21 victory.
"You're coming into the game and you're not expecting you're going to win MVP," said Myers, who will play for Chapman this fall. "I can't even describe the feeling."
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