"How do you stop him?" South Coach Bruce Ingalls said of Burgner, who recorded an eight-yard sack early in the second quarter, then leveled a receiver who had just taken the ball on a reverse for a loss of six on the next play.
"We called it a crush blitz," Burgner said of one ploy that helped him consistently get into the North backfield.
The game got off on an ominous note, when South players, led by linebacker Timothy Niumata, assembled at midfield, faced the north bench and did what Ingalls later called a traditional Samoan dance ritual that lasted less than a minute.
Two unsportsmanlike penalties were later called on the South, which also used pregame introductions to perform choreographed gestures, some directed at North players and fans seated behind the North bench.dpt.15-football-4-CPhotoInfoQU1SVN3T20060715j2fgdmncCredit: MARK DUSTIN / DAILY PILOT Caption: Ex-Corona del Mar High star Matt Burgner, right, plows through a tackler during the Orange County All-Star Football Game. It was on defense where he shined the most. He was named Defensive Most Valuable Player for the South. dpt.15-football-3-BPhotoInfoQU1SVNHR20060715j2fgdgncCredit: MARK DUSTIN / DAILY PILOT Caption: Former CdM star Shaun Mohler, left, wraps up the North's Raymond Rangel in the first quarter of Friday's 32-3 South win.