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Tivy QB powers Team Black’s comeback win


Team Black quarterback Trapper Pannell throws against Team Gold during the second half of the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game in the Alamodome on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Pannell plays for Tivy High School.

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Team Black quarterback Trapper Pannell throws against Team Gold during the second half of the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game in the Alamodome on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Pannell plays for Tivy High

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Photo: Billy Calzada, San Antonio Express-News

Photo: Billy Calzada, San Antonio Express-News

Team Black quarterback Trapper Pannell throws against Team Gold during the second half of the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game in the Alamodome on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Pannell plays for Tivy High School.

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Team Black quarterback Trapper Pannell throws against Team Gold during the second half of the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game in the Alamodome on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Pannell plays for Tivy High

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Photo: Billy Calzada, San Antonio Express-News

Tivy QB powers Team Black’s comeback win

The San Antonio All-Star football game, like most events of its kind, is supposed to be about having fun.

It’s about players from big and small schools coming together, meeting people they’ve might have only heard or read about and playing a game that’s long been a part of their lives.

But Kerrville Tivy senior quarterback Trapper Pannell couldn’t help himself. His competitive nature just took over.

Pannell threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Team Black rallied past Team Gold 35-34 Saturday in the San Antonio Sports All-Star Game before 18,242 at the Alamodome.

Team Black scored the game’s final 19 points, including Pannell’s game-winning 50-yard touchdown pass to Roosevelt running back/wide receiver Rashod Owens with 2:30 left.

“Anything you do in life, you want to win,” said Clemens coach Jared Johnston, who coached Team Black. “That was no different today. The main thing is we wanted these kids to experience a great time. Winning the game was the cherry on top.”

Team Gold, which was led by Southwest coach Matt Elliott, scored 21 unanswered points to lead 34-16 after three quarters.

It was all Team Black after that.

Pannell jump-started the comeback, connecting with high school teammate Brooks McCoy for a 30-yard TD to pull Team Black within 34-22 only 30 seconds into the final period. Judson quarterback Michael Chandler II, the 2019 Express-News offensive player of the year, rushed for a 2-yard TD to trim the deficit to 34-28 with 8:21 left.

Team Black marched 74 yards in six plays, needing only 71 seconds for the decisive score. Pannell, voted player of the game, ran three times for 24 yards, including a crucial 9-yard scramble on fourth-and-5 from his own 41-yard-line. On the next play, Pannell connected with Oklahoma State-bound Owens for a 50-yard TD pass to tie it at 34. Kerrville Tivy kicker Jared Zirkel’s PAT kick was the winning margin.

“In the first half, everybody was kind of like, ‘Ah, it’s an all-star game, we’re getting beat pretty bad,’” said Pannell, who was 16 of 25 for 273 yards and three TDs. “In the end, everybody was like, ‘We want to win. We’re here to win.’ It was a lot of energy. Going into that last drive, it was incredible.”

Team Gold reeled off 21 straight points for a 34-16 advantage. East Central running back DeAngelo Rosemond ran for TDs of 5 and 1 yards and Smithson Valley wide receiver scored on a 7-yard run.

Steele’s Maison Sharp blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone to give Team Gold a 13-6 edge with 1:44 left in the opening quarter. Sharp also added an interception at his team’s own 1-yard-line late in the first half to thwart a scoring opportunity.

Team Black led 16-13 early in the second quarter when Zirkel, a Georgia signee, connected on a 48-yard field goal. Judson defensive back Xavier Spencer intercepted a pass at his team’s 11-yard-line and returned it 66 yards to set up the score.

Pannell connected with Natalia wide receiver Diego Zapata for a 25-yard TD pass to make it 13-13 late in the first quarter. Chandler II found Wagner wide receiver Joshua Cobbs for an 11-yard TD pass to make it 6-6 halfway through the opening period.

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