Apr 25, 2013 6:28 PM by Andrew Masuda
Five Arroyo Grande High players are named to the San Luis Obispo County team for the third annual FCA All-Star Football Classic. The game is set for Saturday, June 1 at Lompoc High School.
The Eagles will be represented by All-League First Team defensive lineman Ian Malott, First Team linebacker Zach Diaz, First Team offensive lineman Wyatt Cox, Second Team defensive lineman Chris Addy and wide receiver Joseph Gonzalez.
"To be picked for this team is remarkable. I mean I don't think I've ever had this much feeling for the game," said Cox, a 6-2, 250 pound offensive lineman, who helped the Eagles produce 317 yards of total offense per game.
The Eagles are honored for the opportunity to hand Northern Santa Barbara County its first loss in the third year of the event.
"We have a lot of guys that are quick, athletic and I think our quickness will be our strong point," said Gonzalez, who caught 23 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown in his senior year. He also rushed for 158 yards and 2 more touchdowns.
Arroyo Grande is coming off an 8-3 season that saw the Eagles share the Pac 7 League title.
Malott, Diaz and Addy were the Eagles' leading players on defense. The 6-2, 230 pound Diaz recorded 87 tackles, 3 interceptions and recovered 2 fumbles. Malott, who's 5-9, 176 pounds, registered 74 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and a team-best 10 sacks. Addy, a 5-11, 185 pound defensive lineman, tallied 59 tackles for the Eagles.
The Eagles are sponsored by Mullahey Ford. The car dealership donated $2,500 toward the $20,000 car raffle that will be awarded during halftime of the All-Star Game. "It's an opportunity to be involved with the program. It's a great opportunity for these seniors to play one final game. It's about the students raising money for the schools and getting some well needed equipment," said Doug Epley, the general manager of Mullahey Ford.
Game and raffle tickets are available at the fifteen participating schools. All proceeds go directly into the schools' athletic deparments. In two years, the event has raised a combined $280,000 for area programs.
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