COSTA MESA — No one heard the national anthem play before the Orange County All-Star Football Game.
No one heard the public address announcer introduce the 70 recent graduates playing in their final high school game.
The public address system was out of order Friday night at Orange Coast College.
One player the crowd heard loud and clear was Costa Mesa High guard Travis Whitlock. He lost his helmet on the field in the process.
Whitlock paved the way for the game's first touchdown. From six yards out, Whitlock opened up a huge hole on the left side for Trabuco Hills running back Shane DeCillo to run through and find the end zone for the South All-Stars.
The South jumped out to a 12-point lead and it took advantage of miscues on special teams to hold on and beat the North, 24-21, in front of an estimated crowd of 6,500.