By KEVIN SAULS
STOCKTONSonora High School graduates Joe Harris and Bryann Turner were part of history in the Lions Central California All-Star Football Game on Saturday night at the University of the Pacific's Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.
First of all, they played in the milestone 30th edition of the game, which began in 1974 11 or so years before any of this year's players was born.
More importantly, Harris and Turner's team, the North All-Stars, set a scoring record in a 42-7 rout of the South. The previous single-team point record was set
in a 39-6 South victory in 1985. Also, the North's 35-point margin of victory was the second-largest in game history, surpassed only by the South's 38-0 romp in 1987.
The North snapped a three-game losing streak and extended its lead in the series to 16-13-1.
Harris started at left defensive tackle and Turner at left cornerback. Turner also played free safety, and both were on the punt-coverage team.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Harris made 3.5 tackles, shared a sack, helped force a fumble, and got a knockdown on South starting quarterback Ryan Thorson from Beyer of Modesto.
The 5-9, 180-pound Turner got in on three stops and broke up two passes in a one-on-one matchup with 6-6 South wide receiver Jarelle Harris of Modesto High.
Both Harris and Turner were all-Valley Oak League players at Sonora, and both were beaming like champions after the game.
"It's been a real pleasure the whole time," Harris said, referring not only to the game but to the pregame week of living and training with the North
squad at UOP.
"It was a long, hot week, but it was fun," said Turner, who played despite not feeling well the day before and the day of the game.
The game was Harris' last before he begins his collegiate career at Reedley College. Because of a scheduling conflict, he will not be able to play in the annual Small-School All-Star game July 25 at Modesto Junior College.
Turner will play in the small-school game before continuing his football career at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.