EAST-WEST ALL-STAR GAME: WEST HAS MOXIE TAFT LINEMAN OUTSHINES STARS.Byline: Gerry Gittelson Staff Writer
Without a lot of publicity during his high school football career, nobody really knew much about Lamar Moxie.
The defensive end from Taft High of Woodland Hills was good enough to make the West team for Sunday's fifth annual East-West All-Star Game An all-star game is an exhibition game played by the best players in their sports league. The players are often chosen by a popular vote of fans of the sport and the game often occurs at the halfway point of the regular season, although this is not the case for some all-star games at Birmingham High in Van Nuys. But on a squad crowded with All-Americans such as Hart of Newhall quarterback Kyle <noinclude></noinclude>
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One derivation of the surname is from the Scottish Highland word caol, 'channel', or 'strait'. There are other possible derivations (see below). Matter and Valencia lineman Kaelen Jakes, Moxie figured to be just an afterthought af·ter·thought
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Well, everyone knows who Moxie is now.
He returned a fumble 56 yards for the game's first touchdown, registered three sacks and earned MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip. honors, carrying the West to a 24-14 victory in front of about 5,000 fans.
``This was always in me,'' said Moxie, a 6-foot-3 200-pounder. ``Nobody ever put me in the newspapers because I never did any big things. But tonight I did something big.''
Moxie's touchdown return came on the East's second drive and turned the momentum. The play started when Jakes chased down quarterback John Valdez of Sylmar for a 19-yard loss. Valdez fumbled and Moxie picked up the bouncing football at his own 44-yard line and sprinted to the end zone.
``I saw nobody in front of me,'' Moxie said. ``That's something I've always wanted. That set a big tone for the game. Suddenly, we said, `We can win it.' ''
Many of the game's participants are going to universities such as Stanford, Texas and Arizona State. Moxie is going to San Joaquin Delta College San Joaquin Delta College is a community college in Stockton, California. It is currently going through a long renovation project to tailor to the growing county. This college is a great college for those who want to transfer to a 4-year university. in Stockton - but this was his night.
The West assumed the East, coached by Sylmar's Jeff Engilman, would run the option because Sylmar did so during the regular season. Instead, the East employed a one-back passing scheme. Nevertheless, the West, coached by Birmingham's Ed Croson, held the East scoreless until midway Midway, island group (2 sq mi/5.2 sq km), central Pacific, c.1,150 mi (1,850 km) NW of Honolulu, comprising Sand and Eastern islands with the surrounding atoll. Discovered by Americans in 1859, Midway was annexed in 1867. A cable station was opened in 1903. through the fourth quarter.
``We practiced against the option all week during practice,'' Moxie said with a shrug.
East MVP Gary Sonkur of Montclair Prep of Van Nuys scored on a 1-yard run, caught four passes for 52 yards and returned a kickoff 55 yards. Except for teammate Torwin Session of Eagle Rock (5-of-11 passing, 43 yards), who connected with Keith Jarbo of Burroughs of Burbank on an 18-yard touchdown, no one else did much as the East was limited to 189 yards.
``Things didn't go as planned,'' Sonkur said. ``We made a couple of mistakes and their defense played hard.''
Down 17-0 at halftime, the East drove 73 yards in eight plays on its first possession of the second half, but Sonkur was stopped on fourth-and-1 on the 1-yard line. With better execution - the East was flagged for 89 penalty yards - there still wasn't much hope for a comeback.
``We put ourselves in a hole and there was no way to get out,'' Session said.
The West's Matter completed 11 of 15 passes - connecting on eight in a row at one point - for 105 yards and a 6-yard touchdown to Lee Marks of Taft. Matter will participate in the second annual CaliFlorida Bowl all- star game in Santa Barbara Santa Barbara (săn'tə bär`brə, –bərə), city (1990 pop. 85,571), seat of Santa Barbara co., S Calif., on the Pacific Ocean; inc. 1850. on June 23 before heading to Stanford.
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