Marquette, MI – June 30th, 2018 – After a week of All-Star game excitement, today our Upper Peninsula high school senior football players took the field for the 2018 U.P. All-Star Football Game! Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau teamed-up to bring you every single play for what was sure to be an exciting and fast-paced game on 103-FXD and 92.7FM WRPP and streaming live on the web at wfxd.com!
All-Star week started with the players and coaches checking in at Meyland/Magers Hall on NMU campus on Monday, June 25th. Tuesday evening, the group meet for team and individual pictures, as well as media day, with Players Skill Challenge day following on Wednesday. The students competed for Fastest Man, Strongest Man, Receiver, Quarterback Challenge, Kicking and Punting Challenges.
While the U.P. All-Star Game is a chance to feature some of the U.P.’s best high school senior football players, it is also a chance to give back to the community. Thursday the players visited Bay Cliff Health Camp. The players spent time with Bay Cliff campers, showing them football drills, and finishing the day by having dinner with the Bay Cliff campers and staff.
The students and coaches ended the week of All-Star festivities with a banquet Friday night where Ishpeming Hematites head coach, and coach for the 2018 Black Team, Jeff Olson, headlined as guest speaker. Players were recognized for their accomplishments during the Skills Challenge and receive their All-Star Rings and rallied with their teammates on the eve of the game.
2018 U.P. All-Star Game Play:
The Red team won the coin toss and elected to kick off to the Black team to start the game. The defense was on point for the red team, as they shut down the first drive from the Black team. Temperatures were in the upper 80s, and midway into the first quarter, one of the players began to suffer leg cramps, signaling just how hard they players were working. The defense continued to be the top priority for both teams, and the game would be scoreless at the end of the first.
First Quarter Score: Red Team: 0 Black Team:0
After ending the first quarter, 0-0, the Red team immediately point themselves on the board at the start of the second quarter. Jeff R. from Newberry was the first player to put points with a beautiful 18-yard pass reception. After the successful extra point attempt, the Red team led with a score of 7-0. Temperatures outside the Superior Dome were approaching 85 degrees, and the action inside the dome was just as hot! The Black team battled their way into scoring position, but the Red team’s stellar defense prevented them from reaching the end zone. The heat continued to take a toll on the players, and both coaches frequently made rotations to prevent heat exhaustion. Neil T. from the red team made his second interception of the game just a bit before the end of the first half, securing the lead for the Red team going into the half.
First Half Score: Red Team: 7 Black Team: 0
The second half action continued on 103-FXD and 92.7FM WRPP, and because the Red team won the opening coin toss, they were able to receive the second half kick off. However, the Black team stepped up their defense and stopped Red team’s progress on their drive. On the Black team’s first possession of the second half, they were able to score their first points of the game with a touchdown that tied the score at 7-7. Logan C. scored a touchdown on a nice run with 16 seconds left in the third quarter, and that gave the Black team their first lead of the game 14-7 with only one quarter left.
Third Quarter Score: Red Team:7 Black Team: 14
As the final quarter rolled around, the action remained hectic, and defense continued to be the name of the game. The Black team had just taken the lead, but the Red team was determined to fight back. Players for both teams were becoming frustrated with the heat, and the number of whistles and flags increased as the last quarter progressed. With just over three minutes left to play, the Red team pulled out some huge players getting the ball all the way to the one yard line. Both sides of the dome were cheering, Black team fans yelling “Defense” and the Red team fans stomping their feet and clapping. Sadly a fumble cost the Red team their last chance to tie things up as they lost control of the ball. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Black team was able to maintain their lead to take home the 2018 U.P. All-Star Football Game trophy!