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Zach Joe No. 23 tackles his opponent in the Inaugural Arizona Charter Athletic Association All-Star Football game.

Inaugural Arizona CAA All-Star Football Champion Team Host Four Players from Salt River High School

Submitted by Janet Johnson
Community Relations Office

Four players on the Jr. High football team were selected to represent Salt River High School in the inaugural Arizona Charter Athletic Association (AZ-CAA) All-Star football game on Saturday, November 18, 2012 at Phoenix Christian. The players, Zach Joe-23, Marciano Dallas-19, Thomas Brown-77 and Damian Marez-33; joined team East and were amongst players from Desert Heights of Glendale and South Pointe Jr. High of Phoenix, the2012 CAA Junior High Tackle Football State Champions. Team East played against team West represented by players from Heritage Academy of Mesa and La Paloma Academy of Tucson, the 2012 CAA Junior High Tackle Football State Runner-up.

During the first half, team East was able to secure the first touchdown, but missed the 2 point convergence leading them to a 6-0 lead at half time. In the 3rd quarter team East made their second touchdown leading the game 14-0. Zach Joe was instrumental in securing several tackles on the defense line. Marciano Dallas was used on several plays as a running back gaining several yards for the East team. Both Thomas Brown-77 and Damian Marez-33 played on the offense line in the second and third quarters and defense assisting the team on the line.

In the fourth quarter team West was able to break through the defense and scored their first touchdown bringing the score to 14-8. As the clock continued to count down, team West was very motivated to get in another touchdown. Team East held them to the 50 yard line, allowing the clock to run out and winning them the all-star game. The official announcer concluded the game stating, “This is history in the making and you all are a part of it.”

Both teams lined up at the 50 yard line for a presentation announcing Omar Hernandez, South Pointe Jr. High as Player of the Year and Omar Hernandez from South Pointe Jr. High as Coach of the Year. Each received a trophy. Both teams were awarded their game jerseys as a final cap to the inaugural playoff.

The Salt River High School, Jr. High football team were among seven teams within the 2012 CAA Junior High Tackle Football Conference that included South Pointe Junior High, La Paloma Academy, Desert Heights Prep, Heritage Elementary, NFL YET Academy and Gila Bend Elementary.

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