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SAN ANTONIO — For the second time in a week, Texas prep stars shone brightly on one of the nation’s biggest stages.

Twelve athletes with Lone Star State-bred talent coursing through their veins from nearly every region of the state — including Houston Lamar’s Anthony Cook, Justin Northwest’s Darrell Simpson, Johnson’s Karsten Battles.

And in a game that’s featured Lone Star State products like Houston Stratford’s Andrew Luck and Palestine’s Adrian Peterson, it was Caden Sterns that helped nearly sway the tide during Saturday’s 17-16 win for the West Team at The Alamodome on Saturday.

Sterns, a defensive back from  Cibolo Steele High School committed to the University of Texas, struck early in the first half and deftly stepped in front of West quarterback Jarren Williams’ pass for the game’s interception.

Sterns, the game’s MVP, was one of the few reason’s the score was tied at three points — along with St. John Bosco’s (CA) Jaiden Woodbey and  Lutheran North’s (MO) Ronnie Perkins — apiece at halftime  and until Miami Northwestern running back and University of Georgia signee James Cook’s early first-half touchdown.

Mater Dei (CA) wide receiver Amon-Ra St. John, however, tied the game at 10 on a crossing route from his quarterback JT Daniels for the East but Bellaire Episcopal’s Jaylen Waddle shifted the momentum in the opposite direction after hauling in a touchdown strike from Ole Miss signee Matt Corral.

A touchdown and a failed two-point conversion, though, made the difference between victory and defeat for the East.

 

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