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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Trent Lancaster races away from a defender on his way for a gain. [Order this photo]
By Steve Fields

For the Brazil Times

TERRE HAUTE -- Trent Lancaster won't begin conditioning workouts with the Indiana State University football team until later this week. But Saturday night he looked right at home at Memorial Stadium in the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game.

Lancaster and Northview High School teammates Andrew Butts, Zac Niehaus, Taylor Pinnick and Beau Judd all saw action in the North All-Star's 35-2 victory over the South All-Stars.

"It was a pleasure being out here with all these guys. They're all great guys. I just feel so blessed to be part of this and playing out here (at Indiana State), which is what I'm going to be doing for the next few years. It's a great prequel to hopefully a great future," Lancaster said.

North All-Star coach Troy Johnson of Mattoon, Ill., played Lancaster in the first and third quarters and Chad Holler of Terre Haute North in the second and fourth.

North led 7-0 after one quarter and 21-0 at half. After a scoreless third quarter, North closed the game with a 14-point fourth quarter. The South All-Stars' only points came off a safety when the center snap sailed over Lancaster's head and out the back of the end zone in the third quarter.

The Lancaster-to-Niehaus touchdown bombs that Northview fans anticipated every Friday night for the last football seasons didn't happen. In fact, Lancaster was on the field for just one of North's five touchdowns.

"It's so hard to come in for a week and learn a new offense. You can't use that as an excuse, but timing (with receivers) is always an issue," Lancaster said.

On North's opening possession, Lancaster guided North to the South All-Stars' 9-yard line, then handed off to Mattoon's Michael Heller, who threw a halfback touchdown pass to Jeremy Helton of Riverton Parke.

Lancaster competed 3-of-6 passes with one interception for 23 yards. He ran the ball seven times for a net 32 yards.

Former Northview Knight, Andrew Butts lines up at wide receiver during Saturday's Wabash Valley Coaches Association All-Star game. [Order this photo]
On the opening drive, Lancaster dumped a pass off to Treye Williams of Mattoon for a 19-yard gain. On the next snap, Lancaster ran 27 yards for a first down, then picked up five more yards that set up North's first touchdown.

Lancaster 's game ended with the scariest moment in the All-Star Game.

With 39 seconds left in the third quarter, Lancaster ran to the right, and as he was turning up field near the sideline he was hit and brought down. Lancaster immediately started yelling and reaching for his knee or ankle. After a few minutes he walked to the training table under his own power and after the ankle was examined appeared to walking without a limp.

Technically, the North defense got a shutout, with the help of Northview's Pinnick.

Pinnick put his name in the tackle column with the North All-Stars leading 14-0 in the second quarter. Pinnick smashed through the South offensive line and sacked quarterback Gryfen Brinson of Owen Valley for a five-yard loss. In the third period, with North still leading 14-0, Pinnick again collapsed the South line, this time dropping Derek Chamber of North Knox for a six-yard loss.