COSTA MESA — Six local football players capped their high school careers as winners.
The six played a part in helping the South All-Stars beat the North, 32-21, in the 53rd Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Football Game at Orange Coast College on Friday night.
Recent graduates from the four Newport-Mesa Unified School District high schools joined forces. Newport Harbor's Titus Hasson played safety and Steve Michaelsen on the defensive line. Estancia's Alipa Peters started at defensive tackle and Zach Bateman at left tackle.
Costa Mesa's Mario Smith saw time at running back and on punt returns, while Corona del Mar's Josh Giger lined up at wide receiver.
Peters made the first impact of the six. He stuffed a run at the line of scrimmage, putting the North in a third-and-long situation. The North was forced to punt on its first possession and it made sure not to kick the ball to the speedy Smith.