A group of Scotts Valley High seniors will compete in the upcoming 38th Annual Central Coast 2023 All-Star High School Football Game this weekend.
Quinn Turowski, Brady Siechen, James Bullock, Lorenzo Gonzales, Brody Robbins and Chaser Keegan will suit up one last time to represent the Falcons at this year’s contest at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas on Saturday at 7pm.
“I definitely take it as an honor because this year my season I’d like to say was cut short,” said Keegan, who broke his thumb and missed five games during the 2023 season.
Scotts Valley head coach Louie Walters will lead the way on the sidelines. His team will compete for the Carlton Keegan Memorial Scholarship that is umbrellaed under the Reggie Stephens Foundation.
Keegan’s brother and former football standout Carlton Keegan died in a car accident on March 30.
“It means a lot since I coached Carlton and had a good relationship with him. He left too early,” Walters said. “Reggie [Stephens] is my guy and he does so much to this community without anything coming back. They’re both really important to me and to my heart.”
Scotts Valley standout lineman Lorenzo Gonzales said it means a lot to be able to compete for the Carlton Keegan Memorial Scholarship, especially because they were former teammates and he knows the family.
“Just going out there to be able to represent them in something bigger than yourself, I think is a really important thing,” Gonzales said. “And I just like seeing the community come together for it.”
On the other sideline is North Monterey County High head coach Juan Cuevas, who will enter his third year as one of the all-star coaches. His team will play for the FSU 4 LOS charity in honor of Carlos Gonzales, a local renowned photographer who started ProPix Media.
Gonzales is currently fighting ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig Disease.
“It’s something that matters to me,” Cuevas said. “This year it’s personal because I know the gentleman and he’s a great dude, so talented. It’s a shame, it really is.”
Donation bins will be set up around the stadium to support these causes. The money raised will be donated to each charity after the game, and the winning team will be awarded a bonus donation.
The Central Coast High School All-Star Football Game will feature players from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito County high schools who were selected by their respective coaches.
“The premier post-high school football event on the Central Coast brings together some of the most outstanding high school athletes from across the area to one football field for one game on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7pm,” Co-Committee Chair Mali Cuda said. “We love football and know the local community wants to see this game continue.”
According to a press release issued by Central Coast High School All-Star Football Game, the 38th annual game will bring excitement, competitiveness and an all-around good time.
Walters said practices have been fun and the Falcons players are creating relationships with students from other schools.
“They know it’s all for a good cause and a lot of times the majority of these kids will never put pads on again,” Walters said.
Some of those players include Keegan, who will suit up one last time in a football uniform.
“I’m not going to college for football, so I’m kind of taking it more as a fun one last rodeo type of thing,” he said.
Gonzales said he’s grateful to play in an all-star game after his prep career started with minor setbacks. He went through a series of injuries and then transferred from Aptos to Scotts Valley during his junior year.
Gonzales now gets the chance to play in front of his grandparents one last time at the high school level. He plans to continue his playing career at San Jose City College before transferring to a four-year university.
“I’m just looking forward to the competition,” Gonzales said. “It’s been getting heated out there when we scrimmage during practice. I’m just ready to get that clock going and see what happens.”
The cost is $15 for general admission, $10 for students with a valid school ID and $10 for 65 years old and above.
All players and cheerleaders wearing their youth football team jersey or cheer jacket is $5 admission. The cost for parking is $5.
Central Coast 2023 All-Star High School Football rosters
Team Reggie Stephens Foundation
Isiah Bivins, Monterey
Genghis Atalima Jr., Seaside
Robert Holsten, Hollister
Brady Siechen , Scotts Valley
Isias Morin, Hollister
Kain Holly, Alvarez
Drew Molinari, Palma
Jamari Vaughns, Seaside
Ryan Sanders, Palma
Brayden Watkins, Hollister
Andrew Beal, Seaside
Brody Robbins, Scotts Valley
Quinn Turowski, Scotts Valley
Adrian Perez, Gonzales
Isaac Urbina, Watsonville
Adam Chong, Seaside
Christopher Martinez, Alvarez
Noah Orozco, Palma
Kevin Sanchez, Alvarez
Isaac Benavides, King City
Gavin Valencia, St. Francis
Chaser Keegan, Scotts Valley
Christopher Martinez, Palma
Juan Pablo Acosta Ayala, Gonzales
Benjamin Colin, Alvarez
Ruben Mora, Watsonville
River Deschenes, Monterey
Peter Gamecho, Pacific Grove
Luke DaRosa, Monte Vista Christian
Noah Pacheco, King City High
Edgar Padia-Noriega, Palma
Neo Moreno, Pajaro Valley
Jose De La Torre, Watsonville
Colven Morse, Monterey
Lorenzo Gonzalez, Scotts Valley
Angel Zendejaz, Hollister
Chineme Mgbechi-Ezeri, Hollister
Nicholas Dominguez, Palma
Keoni Julian Riparip, Seaside
James Bullock , Scotts Valley
Team FSU 4 LOS
Julian Pineda, Rancho San Juan
Santiago Chaidez, Alisal
Ramiro Orozco, North Salinas
Angelo Cimino , Salinas
Demajae Roberson, North Salinas
Cruz Ferris, Soquel
Ricardo Hernandez, North Salinas
Nathan Cox, Greenfield
Christian Campos, North Salinas
Luke Borel, Salinas
Noah Gonzales, Salinas
Nolan Borel, Salinas
Damian Hernandez, North Monterey County
Brian Picazo, Alisal
Isaac Mancera, Salinas
Travis Maestri, Salinas
Nathan Ruiz, Alisal
David Gomez, North Monterey County
Justin Pascone, North Salinas
Ryan Ruiz, North Monterey County
Gilbert Snyder, Greenfield
Lincoln Johnson, Salinas
Damion Gonzales, Alisal
Richard Fuentes, Rancho San Juan
Alexander Guzman, North Monterey County
Alexander Sewell, Salinas
Chris Phillips, Salinas
Isaiah Garife, North Monterey County
Jesse Martinez, North Monterey County
Anthony Trevino, Soledad
Oscar De Alfaro Lopez, North Salinas
Nathaniel Rubio, Salinas
Cade Petersen, Soquel
Aiden Ishimaru, Salinas
Ethan Yates, North Monterey County
Tony Perez, Aptos
Misael Silva, Greenfield
Bode Stoddard, Carmel
Amani Wilson, Stevenson School
Bryan Ortega, Greenfield
Aiden Higgins, Harbor
Exodus Tuialuuluu, Marina
Asa Sagrero, Salinas