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Prep football's version of the Pro Bowl is slated for Friday, 7:30 p.m., at West Jordan High School. State champion coaches Roger Dupaix of Skyline and Bill Mikelson of Pleasant Grove will guide the fortunes of the 5A and 4A squads respectively in the annual Utah Football Coaches Association charity game. The contest features top senior performers from last season.

"The kids get real excited about it," said Dupaix. "To have this much talent on one team is a lot of fun."Mikelson agrees.

"Without question," he said. "You're talking about the best. It's a tremendous honor to be part of it."

Deseret News MVP Matt Cannon (quarterback) of Highland and Travis Despain (running back) of Pleasant Grove headline a list of talented gridders participating in the game.

"We're all going into this thing wanting to have fun and hoping no one gets hurt," said Mikelson. "We want to win, but I just want the kids to have a good experience."

And speaking of experience, both teams are stocked with veteran players. The 5A squad will include defensive tackle Chris Hola and halfback T.J. Stevenson from Dupaix's Eagles, Gary Langston of Highland, as well as Bountiful lineman Brandon Dyson and Orem halfback Nathan Huntsman. The 4A team will feature West linebackers John Eli Fonua and Revo Skeen, lineman Ben Gover of Pleasant Grove, Timpview lineman Paul Thayer and tight end Brad Arbon of Woods Cross.

"I think the biggest thing is that these kids, who have played against each other all year, find out (their rivals) are not such bad guys," Mikelson added. "The fun part is the camaraderie. It's personalities more than playing."

Practices began Monday with both teams subscribing to the offensive and defensive schemes of their coach's programs.

"I don't think you'll see a defensive struggle," said Dupaix. "I think you will see some points on the board."

Tickets are $3 at the door with children under 6 admitted free. Proceeds will assist Mountain Crest football player Jason McPhie who was paralyzed from the chest down in a ski accident on Christmas Eve.



All-Stars ready to shine

1994 Utah Football Coaches Association All-Star football game Friday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. at West Jordan High School.

5A ALL-STARS: Paul Alusa (Kearns), Ben Allphin (Orem), Naki Angilau (Kearns), Joel Barrow (Bonneville), Andrew Bowers (Hillcrest), Dave Butler (Skyline), Casey Child (Mountain View), Matt Cannon (Highland), Adam Castor (Brighton), Mike Clark (Viewmont), Rob Davis (Skyline), Garrett Deucher (Orem), Brandon Dyson (Bountiful), Bryan Durfey (American Fork), Cole DeHart (Alta), Travis Gardner (Skyline), Ryan Hale (Roy), David Hancock (Hunter), Chris Hola (Skyline), Nathan Huntsman (Orem), Ben Irwin (Skyline), Chris James (Bingham), Gary Langston (Highland), Marion Matua (Kearns), Taurus McGhee (Layton), Scott McNeil ((Highland), LeRoy Montano (Weber), Sam Mounga (Kearns), Ryan Nay (Hunter), James Parker (Northridge), Ofisi K. Pututau (Granger), Cory Ramage (Orem), Kyle Rigby (Davis), Josh Roberts (Mountain View), T.J. Stevenson (Skyline), Garrett Stratton (Orem), Casey Trujillo (Layton), Howard Vaifanana (Taylorsville), James Wallace (West Jordan). Coach Roger Dupaix, (Skyline).

4A ALL-STARS: Brad Arbon (Woods Cross), Jake Clark (Provo), Grant Corser (Murray), Brian Cowley (Jordan), Travis Despain (Pleasant Grove), John Eli Fonua (West), Mike Gallegos (Judge Memorial), Ben Gover (Pleasant Grove), Tyler Jackson (Timpview), Anthony Jefferies (Judge Memorial), Luis Lovato (Judge Memorial), Adam Mattinson (Spanish Fork), Adam Meier (Murray), Glen Murdock (Pleasant Grove), Bryan Pace (Woods Cross), Brian Shaffer (Mountain Crest), Revo Skeen (West), Glenn Small (Springville), Jerry Sokol (Woods Cross), Jamon Taylor ((Payson), Paul Thayer (Timpview), Mark Thornley (Logan), Jason Walker (Springville), Greg Williams (Pleasant Grove). Coach Bill Mikelson, (Pleasant Grove).