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Checking out the North all-star team

Checking out the North all-star team

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Calhoun visits the North Squad practice, after scouting the South Team on Monday, before July 10 football game.

Click on the photo to view a slide show of the North All-Star Team's practice.



The North All-Star football team completed its second day of practice Tuesday night. The team has hit the ground running, going pads both days.

What: North All-Star practice

The squad will be practicing daily through Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Los Alamitos High School.

Here are some of my thoughts on Tuesday's practice:

• The pressure is on: Sure this is an all-star game, but watching John Barnes during practice and I could see that he really wants to win. Maybe it has something to do with his record in all-star games (5-0).

• Options at running back: What a trio of running backs. Josh Brannon rushed for 2,168 yards last season, Ronnie Hillman (1,401) and Greg Portis (1,227) both topped the 1,000-yard mark.

• There are some big boys on the O-Line: Zach Burge (Servite) checks in at 6-4, 265. Kevin Rowlands (Los Alamitos) is 6-3. Willie Mayoral (La Habra) is 285. Then there is Daniel Jamokha (Western). Jamokha is 6-5, 260.

• Versatile QB's: Clark Evans (Los Alamitos) and Kane Wilson (El Dorado) are rather similar. They both can throw and run, making life difficult for opposing defenses.

• Roster update: Michael Allain (Fullerton) didn't show up Monday or Tuesday and hadn't contacted Barnes. He will probably be replaced.

Related: 

O.C. 30 best football all-stars

Football poll: Pick your defensive player of the game

Football poll: Pick your offensive player of the game

North insider: Anaheim boys Cruz, Portis reunite

North practice insider: offense makes plays

South insider: Tustin's Chris Robinson ready for Friday

South insider: Nik Abele is just scary

Football: Checking in on the South all-stars (Wed practice)

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Checking in on the North all-stars (Thursday's practice)

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com


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