Local athletes shine in All-Star Classic

Despite the rain and two-hour delay that came with it, the inaugural Muskegon All-Star Classic football game was played at Mona Shores High School Saturday afternoon, with the Dynasty defeating the Legends, 17-14 in overtime.
Anonymous
Jun 18, 2012

The game brought the best players from the Muskegon area together including a large contingency of athletes from Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Fruitport.

Grand Haven quarterback Scott Staal started for the Legends team and got off to shaky start when he threw a pass from him own end zone that was batted up in the air and caught by a Dynasty defender for a touchdown.

Staal would get his payback later in the game when he connected with fellow Buccaneer Danny Cotter for a touchdown in the third quarter as Cotter won a jump ball in the back of the end zone.

Later in the third, Spring Lake quarterback Keegan Wolter, who rotated with Staal throughout the game, found Grand Haven’s other standout receiver, Matt Kroll, for a long touchdown down the sideline, capped off with a nice stiff arm from Kroll to get into the end zone.

Staal came back into the game and converted the two-point conversion throwing another strike to Cotter.

The Dynasty team quickly responded, tying the game at 14 and it stayed that way for much of the game. On fourth and long and about 30 seconds left in regulation, the Dynasty threw a deep ball toward the end zone hoping for the best when Grand Haven linebacker Tanner Jacobs swooped in and intercepted the pass at his team’s own 6-yard line.

That pushed the game into overtime. The Legends got the ball first, but their drive stalled with a Staal interception.

Ludington’s Tyler Morin then booted the game-winning field goal for the Dynasty.

The all-star game experience was a great one for the players involved, and win or lose, Wolter was thrilled with the chance to participate.

“It was weird at first but after the first couple of days, we all came together as a team and I never thought I would be as close to these guys as I am,” Wolter said.

Also selected to play in the game were: Grand Haven’s Norris Ellis and Torrey Appel; Spring Lake’s Zac Boeve and Noah Ellingboe; Fruitport’s David VanBergen, Mike Reyes, Cody Bayle, Matt Schucker  and Logan Six; and WMC’s John Waller and Jason Jackson.

Steve Wilson, who recently retired as Fruitport’s varsity football coach, was a coach in the contest.

By Tribune Correspondent Logan Pellegrom

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