Hall of Fame, East 46, West 34: Frazier, Virnala help East hold off West to win Hall of Fame All-Star Football Game

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By Steve Ramirez
– The 33rd San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame All-Star Game has had an East flavor over the years, and that didn’t change Friday.

But the West died hard.

Former Los Altos High School quarterback Shane Virnala accounted for 207 yards and a touchdown and the East held off a late West charge for 46-34 victory at West Covina High School.

West Covina’s Jimmy Frazier earned East MVP honors after rushing for 81 yards and a touchdown. Frazier and Azusa’s Desmond Reed ran for scores of 42 and 45 yards, respectively, to secure the win.

Monrovia’s DeShawn Ramirez accounted for two touchdowns, including an 86- yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter to lead the West.

Arroyo’s Steven Rivera threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns.

“We take pride in it,” Virnala said. “I don’t know what the record it is, but the East has had the upper hand. So yes, we take pride in it. You have to take pride in your school, your area.

“You know it’s not going to be easy in these all-star games.”

The East jumped out to a 39-14 lead before the West closed to within 46-34 on an 80-yard pass from Rivera to Richard Bradford and Ramirez’s 86-yard kickoff return.

“Both teams have a lot of firepower,” Rivera said. “They were fortunate to come out on top. But we have a lot of character and discipline over here, and we weren’t going to give up.”

Friday’s encounter was all about big plays, and the East made most of them during the first half for a 22-14 advantage.

The first came during the middle of the first quarter when Virnala threw 30 yards to Garrett Horine for a first down at the West 30-yard line before throwing 15 yards to Adam Sanchez for a first-down at the 14.

Nogales’ Diego Lopez kicked a 20-yard field for a 3-0 lead with 3:41 left in the quarter.

But the West believed it could match the East play for play and proved it on the first play of the second quarter when Muir’s Tyquwan Glass intercepted a Billy Livingston pass near the goal line and returned it 50 yards to the East 49.

San Gabriel’s Andy Guerrero and Ramirez, who were opponents in last season’s CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game, gave the West the lead.

Guerrero ran 25 yards to the East 25 before passing 19 yards to Ramirez for a 6-3 lead with 10:37 left in the half. A bad snap forced a botched conversion attempt.

It didn’t take long for the East to respond.

It needed all of 12 seconds, in fact, when Diamond Ranch’s Chris Miller took the kickoff in the end zone and returned it 104 yards for a 10-6 advantage.

Next up was Rivera, who needed just two plays to show his big-play ability.

Rivera, who threw for 115 yards in the first half, hooked up with Monrovia’s Marquiese Bias for 20 yards to the West 40. He then hit a wide-open Riian Simpson (Pasadena) in the flat for a 60-yard catch and run to give the West the lead at 14-10. Rivera passed to San Gabriel’s Alex Villalobos on the conversion attempt.

But again the East struck back by scoring twice in the final three minutes of the half for its 22-14 lead.

Virnala passed 37 yards to West Covina’s Lonzell Barnett to the West 14 before scoring on a keeper for a 16-14 lead. The conversion failed.

Virnala, who threw for 150 yards in the first half, then tossed 25 yards to Sanchez to the West 48 before a 23-yard pass to Covina’s Vinny Venegas to the 25. He then hit Scott Tibbs (Los Altos) at the 5.

Glendora’s Corey Victoria then swept around end from the 5 for a 22-14 lead with 21 seconds left in the half.

Los Altos’ Justin Fa’aola, following an interception, had a 1-yard run to make it 29-14 with 8:45 left in the third quarter. Lopez had a 47-yard field goal to push the advantage to 32-14 at 2:51.



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  • MonroVian

    Who The Eff Is Steve Herrera, Steve? Hahahahahaha… Steven “The Arm” Rivera did an Amazing job tonight! Deshawn you ran like you know you could and Ripped it up! The East had a little more Beef than the West, I think the speed on both sides was ptetty Even. Frazier is a Beast with that 45 yard run, Reed was a Beast! All and all other than the shenanigans at the end I had a pretty good time. And for all you hating on MTown today and say we have no talent. Come check us out tomorrow, whole different Beast!

    ” You Don’t Want No Green And White ”

  • For anyone doubting Shane Virnala,he showed he belonged w/ any QB on that field. Some of the West’s long TD passes were broken plays. If Ziola would have ran the ball w/ 5 minutes left the game would have been over and there would have been no shenanigans.

  • Dan

    I think that was the most entertaining Hall of Fame game I’ve been to. Great plays all night by both sides, lots of speed and big plays by both side too. Jimmy Fraizier congrats on mvp, that was a beast of a run you did tonight. Nice triple stiff arm on that other run too. Lonzell Barnett had lock up coverage all night to go along with a pick and a nice catch over the middle on offense. Desmond Reed, Bolden from Nogales, Canada, Sanchez, Victoria, Horine all had good nights for the East along with Chris Miller who had a kickoff return that was well over a hundred yards. Dorin Turner, Nick Pichetta[spelling], and Atkins, all had good nights on defense for the East. Shane Virnala is an outstanding quarterback, brilliant passing through the night.
    For the West Deshawn Ramirez had an electric kickoff return and was very elusive throughout the game. Hunter Duran looked very fast and was an excellent reciever. Ty quan Glass[spelling?] was brutal in the secondary.

  • I think Miller from the Ranch’s return was 109 yrds.



  • Sgv Supporter

    who was the east’s outside linebacker? kid was wearing #6. he was a beast on the field. anyone know where he’s playing college ball at?

  • Dan

    I thought it was about 108 or 109 yards too, to me it looked like he was standing at the back of the endzone when he caught the kickoff. No way that it was only 104 yards as was announced.

  • Joe

    Outside linebacker on the East was amazing!! Panossian #77 had four sacks and gave the quarterback and the OL on the West a run for their money. Great talent and speed. He kept pouncing on the West’s OL…lol I noticed that every time Ziola switched him out for his second, the West’s Quarterback had so much time to scramble and they scored. Ziola knew what he was doing when he picked this kid. Has Panossian signed with anyone? Does anyone know anything on him?

  • Joe

    Dan, you forgot to mention Panossian #77!!! He was the defense on the East!!!! That kid has earned the recognition.

  • Mike17

    Does anybody know how I could get a copy of the HOF game film?

  • Dan

    Four sacks in a night is a hell of a night, kuddos to Panossian on an excellent game.