Armas will play in City/County All-Star football game Friday

77 high school graduatesArmas: Friday in Clovis

editor@sierrastar.comJune 18, 2013 

Zach Armas


Minarets High School's 5-foot-11, 195 pound running back Zach Armas, who rushed for 512 yards in seven games on the season (73.1 yards average per game) and five touchdowns, will play in Friday's 59th City/County All-Star Football Game at 7:30 p.m. at Lamonica Stadium in Clovis.

He sat out three games during the season due to injuries.

Armas, who had an additional 275 yards in kick-off returns, also recorded 20 solo tackles and three sacks from his linebacker position.

Armas said he was was proud to represent his school in the all-star game, the first player in the school's history to do so.

"I'm really looking forward to playing in the game Friday night," Armas said. "I want to show that players from Minarets can play with players from larger schools."

Armas hope to play for Fresno City College in the fall.

Yosemite High School's 6-foot-4, 180 pound wide receiver Dillon Moran, was selected for the county squad but will not play due to personal reasons. Moran had a league-leading 48 receptions for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, and was named to the North Sequoia All League First Team.

Moran, who did not play football as a junior, finished the season ranked No. 2 in receiving yards in Division IV of the CIF Central Section.

Chowchilla's Devaughn Gaines will lead the county team at quarterback after a season that saw him pass for 811 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 1,266 yards and an additional 20 TDs.

As a linebacker, Gaines averaged 7.1 tackles per gam, intercepted five passes and recovered three fumbles. He was the Most Valuable Player in the NSL and a Fresno Bee All-Star. He will play at Menlo College in Atherton in the fall.

The county team is being coached by third-year Fowler coach Steve Nelson. Nelson, in his first year coaching the Redcats, the team went 11-1 and beat Lindsay High 6-0 for the Division V championship. In his second season, Nelson and his team again won the division title by scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Liberty Hawks.

This past season, Fowler was moved up to Division IV, crushing Dos Palos 57-14 before losing to eventual Division IV runner-up, Bakersfield Christian, 34-26.

Nelson has been named West Sequoia Coach of the Year in each of his three seasons at Fowler.

The city team is coached by Richard Hammond of Clovis High. Hammond was named the 2010 ESPN 940 high school coach of the Year for the Central Section and was also named the TRAC Coach of the Year in 1010m 2011 and 2012.

Sierra will be represented on the county team by 6-foot, 340 pound lineman Joseph McFarlane and 6-foot-1, 185 pound wide receiver Clayton Jones. Liberty will have tight end J.J Santa Cruz, safety Logan Doss and 6-foot-1, 220 pound linebacker Cody Sanders playing for the county.

Thirty-nine schools are represented in the game, which was first played on Aug. 26, 1955, pitting the best high school seniors in the Valley against one another. Fifty-nine years later, seniors continued to be honored when selected to play in what has become the longest running NCAA sanctioned high school all-star football game in California.

Tickets for the game cost $10. Children six and under are admitted free with an adult.

Lamonica Stadium is located on the corner of Barstow Ave. and Armstrong Ave.


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