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Seven become South All-Stars

High School Football

Local senior players to compete in 55th annual Orange County football game July 10.

April 26, 2014
(SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Corona del Mar High center Giovanni Gentosi, Costa Mesa High running back Oronde Crenshaw, Newport Harbor wide receiver Quest Truxton and Corona del Mar quarterback Luke Napolitano highlight four of seven Newport-Mesa seniors selected to play in the 55th edition of the Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game at Orange Coast College on July 10.

The seven locals will represent the South team, which has 36 players. Only three players from one school are usually allowed to play in the OC All-Star Game, and CdM is sending three standouts after its historic season.

The three players — Gentosi, Napolitano and defensive back Charlie Griffin — led CdM to a 16-0 season, capping it off with a 27-15 win against Atherton Sacred Heart Prep in the CIF State Division III Bowl Game at the StubHub Center in Carson on Dec. 21. The Sea Kings became the first football team in California to go 16-0.

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The area's two other players picked for the OC All-Star Game are Newport Harbor's Cory Stowell and Costa Mesa's Quinton Bell, who are listed on the roster as defensive backs.

Gentosi, who's bound to UCLA as a preferred walk-on player, anchored CdM's unprecedented run, which included a second straight undefeated Pacific Coast League title and a third straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division title. He helped CdM go 40-4 during his three seasons as a starter.

Gentosi, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, earned MaxPreps All-American Small Schools Football Team, CalHiSports.com All-State Medium Schools First Team, MaxPreps California Division III All-State Football First Team, CIF Southern Section Southern Division Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Orange County, Pacific Coast League MVP and Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year accolades.

Crenshaw, a two-way star for Costa Mesa, rushed 222 times for 1,971 yards and 28 touchdowns. He totaled a Costa Mesa single-season school record 32 touchdowns, three coming on kickoff returns and one on a 72-yard interception return.

As a middle linebacker, Crenshaw totaled 120 tackles, his third consecutive 100-plus tackle season. He picked off four passes and forced three fumbles.

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