Trey Aguirre and Jesse Simmons of Marquette Catholic and Luke Wells of East Alton-Wood River turned in strong performances in the West Central Illinois All-Star football game on Saturday at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin High's west campus.
Aguirre threw for 42 yards with one touchdown, Simmons finished with three receptions for 42 yards and Wells recorded an interception for the South All-Star team.
But the efforts didn’t help the South All-Stars pull off the win, as the North All-Stars cruised to a 39-6 victory. The North All-Stars lead the all-time series 14-7.
The South All-Stars picked up their only points with 6:52 left in the fourth quarter when Simmons caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from his high school teammate Aguirre to cut the North All-Stars’ lead to 33-6.
The North All-Stars finished with 406 yards of total offense and held the South All-Stars to just 90. The North led 26-0 at halftime.
The two teams combined for eight interceptions, including one from Wells, and that tied an All-Star game record. Each team had four picks.
Last fall, Simmons was the Explorers’ top receiver with 701 yards and eight touchdowns and Aguirre threw for 1,445 yards on 108 completions with eight touchdowns. Both players helped Marquette finish 6-4 and clinch a berth for the Class 4A state playoffs.
Wells had two interceptions for the EA-WR football team in 2015.
Trevor Watson of PORTA/A-C Central was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after finishing with six catches for 119 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown catch late in the second quarter.
Also for the North, Connor Burger had two touchdowns and Jimmy Barry and Jacob Taylor each had a touchdown. Austin Black and Brock Hergenrother each had a safety.