Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Locals Stand out in All-Star Game; Bolles' Mitchell, Raines' Wells Score for Grey Squad in Last Prep Outing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Locals Stand out in All-Star Game; Bolles' Mitchell, Raines' Wells Score for Grey Squad in Last Prep Outing

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Byline: Clayton Freeman

Will Mitchell needed only 17 seconds - and 104 yards - to announce that Saturday was going to be a banner day for Northeast Florida football.

The Bolles running back's touchdown on the opening kickoff sparked the Grey squad, representing the southern half of the country, to a 28-14 victory before a small crowd in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at EverBank Field.

Safety Troy Pride of Greer (S.C.), committed to Notre Dame, was named defensive player of the game after returning his second interception of the afternoon for a game-clinching fourth-quarter touchdown.

"Our defense was really on top of things," said Grey coach Jeff Kopp of Providence.

Defense and special teams carried the Grey, which managed just seven first downs and would have finished with negative total yardage if not for four plays that gained 175 yards.

Many of the biggest moments belonged to the First Coast contingent:

- Raines receiver Rick Wells made a 35-yard touchdown catch to open the second quarter, leaping to grab the ball and whirl around a Blue defender to give the Grey a 14-0 edge.

- Jackson's Zuriel Davis clogged the middle of the Grey defensive line with five tackles, a third-quarter fumble recovery, and a pair of crucial stops on fourth-and-short plays.

- Oakleaf's DeAndre Steelman made a game-high nine tackles while lining up as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 defensive set.

- Then there was Mitchell, who turned a miscue - muffing the kickoff while four yards deep in the end zone - into one of the brightest highlights on a drizzly afternoon.

"I was surprised, because normally in high school football games they blow the whistle once it goes past the goal line," Mitchell said. "I didn't think it would be counted, but when I didn't hear the whistle, I cranked it up and just ran and found a hole. …

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