Mustang runningback Andrew Davis posts career highs in yards, touchdowns All-Star Game featuring the best seniors in Kings and Tulare Counties
VISALIA – Andrew Davis’ name didn’t stand out on the rosters of last weekend’s East West All-Star Game, but it will appear on the list of the game’s greatest performances in next year’s program.
The Tulare Western back drove the West squad’s offense as game’s leading rusher and tied for the most scores in the 52nd Tulare-Kings All-Star Football Game on Saturday at Groppetti Community Stadium in Visalia. Davis’ 179 yards rushing was a game- and career-best and his two touchdowns nearly matched his career total, four in the last four years for the Mustangs.
Davis got the West’s offense going in the first quarter when he scored a 5-yard touchdown at the four minute mark. A failed two-point conversion pass left the West trailing 8-6. The touchdown was set up by the Tulare Union’s Cole Howard converting a 4th and 1 to keep the drive alive. The two-point conversion failed giving the East an 8-6 first quarter lead.
After three quarters of trading touchdowns, Davis broke the game open for the West in the fourth quarter. After Hanford’s Joseph Estrella intercepted an East pass to end the third, West head coach and Davis’ Tulare Western head coach Ryan Rocha went back to his senior back who took the ball 36 yards for the touchdown and a 27-20 lead.
Davis shared co-MVP honors for the West with Sierra Pacific’s Jayson Littlejohn who made plays in all three phases of the game. Davis’ touchdowns may not have been enough to catch the East if Littlejohn had not made it difficult for the East to pass. He intercepted a pass near midfield on the game’s opening drive and nearly had another drive in the first quarter that he would have easily returned for a touchdown.
With the East leading 20-13 near the end of the third quarter, Littlejohn fielded one of the few punts in the game and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown tying the game at 20-20, with 1:46 left in the quarter.
When the West finally took back the lead early in the fourth quarter 27-20, Littlejohn snatched his second interception of the game in the end zone with 8:49 in the fourth quarter, preventing the East from tying the game. Hanford’s Joseph Estrella also had two interceptions for the West, including one that sealed the game with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter.