FARMINGTON — Six San Juan County high school football players have been selected to represent the North team in the annual North/South All-Star games.
A total of five players from Farmington High and Piedra Vista were chosen by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association to play for the North in the 4A/5A game, while one player from Navajo Prep will get the opportunity to play in the 2A/3A game.
Running back/linebacker Brian Farley, wide receiver/defensive back Kyle Reynolds and lineman Logan Welling will have the chance to represent the 4A state champion Scorpions in the game. Farley was the top rusher and leading tackler for FHS during its title run, while Reynolds served as the team's top kick return man to go along with his standout receiving and coverage ability. Welling was one of 4A's top linemen, plowing the way for Farley and the rest of the Scorpions' running game all-season.
PV's Beau Clafton and Alex Gardenhire will play in the game for the Panthers.
Gardenhire, who played offensive and defensive line for the Panthers, said he's excited to get the chance to play for PV in the game and that he's thankful that his coaches were able to get him to this level.
"It's definitely a great honor to play another game, and to be one of the very few people selected from Farmington to play again. Plus, being able to represent PV's coaches and football program one last time to prove what we really have is going to be a blast," he said. "I couldn't have done it, literally, without the coaches. I wasn't going to play football at all for PV until Coach Howell convinced me my freshman year. And all the other coaches teaching me the techniques and skills needed to get this far in football, and without coach Howell putting my name in the running for the game, I wouldn't even have known about it."
Mika Mauga will play for the Eagles in the 2A/3A game.
Prep head coach Rod Denetso said Mauga deserves the opportunity and he's excited to see how performs on the state-wide stage.
"Mika is hard working and dedicated and he's really deserving. I'm biased but I think he's one of the best players in the state," Denetso said. "It speaks volumes for the program and he's a catalyst to our offensive and defensive success. He just loves football."
The 2A/3A game is scheduled for June 6 and the 4A/5A game will be July 30. Both games will be scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Community Stadium in Albuquerque.