3 Cats on Lions All-Time squad

By The Union Democrat Sports Department May 31, 2013 07:00 pm

Three former Sonora Wildcat gridiron standouts were named to the All-Time Lions All-Star Football team on Thursday in celebration of the game’s 40th anniversary.

Wildcat brothers Josh Parry and Neil Parry and Brad Vassar are three of the 38 total players named to the All-Time team for the North squad.

Edison and Tracy led the North with seven players each followed by Lincoln (5), Franklin (4) and Sonora, St. Mary’s and Stagg with three each.

Vassar earned his spot at linebacker by playing in the second-ever Lions game in 1975. Josh Parry, who became a force at fullback with the Philadelphia Eagles where he helped win a Super Bowl, was named to the team as a linebacker for the 1996 squad. His brother Neil, shined in 1998 as a defensive back.

The Lions All-Time team was originally released for the 35th clash between the graduating Sac-Joaquin Section high school seniors with all three Wildcats earning a spot.

In the five years since, three players have been added — NFL players Trumaine Johnson from Edison, Amini Silatolu from West and current Fresno State standout Cody Wichmann of Mariposa.

Johnson played in the 35th game for the North and was MVP. He is now a member of the St. Louis Rams. Silatolu played in the 34th game for the North and is now a member of the Carolina Panthers. Wichmann was the defensive MVP and also played tight end for the South in 2010 at 6-5, 280 pounds. He’s now listed at 6-6, 320 at Fresno State.

This years game, which will be held at Modesto Junior College at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, will feature three Wildcats — Brandon Camara, Walter Leyva and Jessey Ahrenholtz — three Calaveras Redskins — Zack Johnson, Joe Elliott and Brian Golston and Summerville Bear Darren Vallelunga.

The North squad will be coached by Redskin boss Jason Weatherby, who played in the Lions game following his graduation from Calaveras. And the boss will have to communicate clearly with his quarterbacks, both carry the same name. Johnson guided the Redskins while Zack Johnson was the signal caller at Kimball. 

The North will report for practice on Monday, June 10 at the University of Pacific while the South will report at Stanislaus St. 

This year’s game, one of four oldest-running prep football contests in the state, is being played at MJC for the second consecutive year after a long run at UOP’s Stagg Memorial Stadium. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. The North holds a 24-14-1 series advantage, including last year’s 30-0 drubbing, and have won eight of the last nine.

North Offense
WR Lonzell Hill (Stagg) 1983
WR Webster Slaughter (Franklin) 1982
TE Brian Peets (Linden) 1974
OL Derek Kennard (Edison) 1980
OL Brad Smith (Tracy) 1980
OL Greg Bishop (Lodi) 1989
OL Gary Barlow (Tracy) 1985
OL Amini Silatolu (West) 2007
QB Greg Ennis (Tracy) 1984
RB Tyronne Gross (Lincoln) 2001
RB Aaron Jenkins (Edison) 1984
North Defense
DL Dennis Edwards (Edison) 1978
DL Kevin Rooney (St. Mary’s) 2000
DL Brandon Santos (St. Mary’s) 1996
LB Eric Williams (Stagg) 1980
LB Mike Serpa (Tracy) 1984
LB Josh Parry (Sonora) 1996
LB Brad Vassar (Sonora) 1975
DB Alfred Gross (Franklin) 1979
DB Don Morgan (Manteca) 1994
DB Neil Parry (Sonora) 1998
DB Kevin Arbet (St. Mary’s) 1999
North Multi-Purpose
DE Justin Airola (Escalon) 2002
LB/FB Kevin Adams (Lincoln) 1995
RB Damon Barkley (Lincoln) 1990
TE/DE Justin Belcher (Lincoln) 2002
RB/DB Tim Brown (Franklin) 2002
WR/DB Tim Brown (Tracy) 1986
DL Steve Dunigan (Manteca) 2003
LB John Gonzalez (Tracy) 1981
WR/KR Latief Grim (Franklin) 1996
DL/FB Dell Hawkins (Tracy) 1999
WR Ruben Jackson (Edison) 2003
WR Trumaine Johnson (Edison) 2008
RB Lance Martin (Stagg) 2000
WR James Newsome (Edison) 1998
WR Jeff Simmons (Edison) 1978
RB/DB Larry Wallace (Lincoln) 1988
South Offense
WR Eddie Macha (Atwater) 1998
TE Logan Mankins (Mariposa) 2000
OL Tony Slaton (Merced) 1979
OL Bill McGill (Modesto) 1981
OL Tim Galas (Central Cath.) 1978
OL Jeremy Mankins (Hughson) 1995
OL Lucais MacKay (Hughson) 1999
QB Tony Graziani (Downey) 1992
RB Ray Lankford (Grace Davis) 1985
FB Marvin Eastman (Merced) 1987
RB Rodney Davis (Dos Palos) 2000
South Defense
DL Dave Porath (Atwater) 1978
DL Robby Valenzuela (G. Davis) 2001
DL Ray Valladao (Atwater) 1989
DL Mark Roberts (Modesto) 2006
LB Josh Leslie (Oakdale) 1997
LB Josh Yarbrough (Oakdale) 2003
LB Byron Storer (Central Cath.) 2002
DB Rodney Rice (Atwater) 1982
DB Bobby Monges (Oakdale) 2001
DB Sam Vink (Ceres) 1990
DB Ray Wetzel (Central Cath.) 1988
South Multi-Purpose
OL Jon Giesel (Los Banos) 2000
OL Josh Murdock (Gold. Valley) 1998
WR Imani Percoats (Los Banos) 1995
OL/DL Nick Steitz (Los Banos) 2000
WR/DB Daryn Weese (Ceres) 1991
QB Mike Van Worth (Dos Palos) 2000
TE Cody Wichmann (Mariposa) 2010