By William Thompson
John Allen Maestas, J.D. Estrada and Wesley James of Logan High School’s football team have been selected to play for the Class A North All-Stars six-man football team. San Jon High School football player Trey Rusk was also named to the team.
Logan’s Coach Billy Burns said he has coached the all-star game in the past.
“It’s a really big game. It’s the best players in the state.” Burns said. “The north leads the series.”
Burns said the three players from his squad were team players during the Longhorns’ 6-2 season.
“It’s always hard to replace seniors like these guys,” Burns said. “Being selected to the All-Star team shows that these guys worked hard and got recognition from coaches around the state. They each have great individual skills.”
Burns noted that eight players were chosen from Logan’s district. Wesley James, picked to play linebacker for the north squad, said he must have played good defense to get chosen for the All-Star team.
“We played in a really tough district with Melrose, Floyd and Clovis Christian. Having three of the eight players from our district chosen means something.”
James said after the All-Star game, his football days will be no more.
“I’m going to be concentrating on rodeo competition in college,” he said.
J.D. Estrada, chosen to play running back and defensive end for the north squad, said he will try his luck with college football. He hopes to play for Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
“My family and friends think it’s pretty cool that I’m playing in the All-Star game,” Estrada said. “I guess I was chosen because I ran for 19 touchdowns and I’m pretty fast.”
John Allen Maestas scored 10 touchdowns from center position. He will be playing center for the north team.
“In six-man football, the linemen are eligible for passes,” he said. “Speed is more important than size when playing line in six-man football.”
Maestas hopes to run track in college.
Trey Rusk was an all-purpose player for San Jon this season. He was the leader on the field, quarterbacking the team and always a threat to score, according to his coaches.
“I think I was chosen for my leadership,” Rusk said. “It’s an honor to be the first player from San Jon to make the All-Star team.”
San Jon Coach Eric Rivera said Rusk is one of a kind.
“When he gets frustrated in a game he makes himself play better,” Rivera said. “Most athletes don’t play better when they get mad.”
The players, all seniors, will travel to Ruidoso in June for the annual North-South All-Star Game.