Stephenville graduate and Baylor recruit Aiavion Edwards rushed nine times for 74 yards including a 20-yard burst to set up a touchdown, and was named the offensive most valuable player in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football game at the Alamodome in San Antonio Tuesday night.
Edwards didn’t score in the North’s 30-16 victory over the south, but he didn’t let that bother him.
“It was fine with me (not to score),” Edwards told the Associated Press. “It gave the other guys the chances to get in the end zone. I was so close on the one run. I thought I was going to get in.”
Edwards, an all-state pick on offense, defense and special teams during his time as a Yellow Jacket, set up one of two touchdowns by Alvarado’s Wayne Onderdonck, who was planning to attend Tarleton before switching to Midwestern State last month.
Aledo quarterback Matthew Bishop is a Tarleton signee, and the three-time 4A state champion left a more than favorable impression on his new head coach when he came off the bench and quickly led the North to the end zone.
“Wow, I knew how good Matt was, but to see him perform in that situation as well as he did really opened a lot of people’s eyes,” said Tarleton head coach Cary Fowler. “Especially on his first drive when he came in, got the ball at midfield and immediately took the offense down the field for a score. We got to see him throw on the run, he threw from the pocket and he made plays with his feet. And most of the guys he was playing against are going Division I. It was impressive.”
Bishop later tossed an interception, but Fowler didn’t care.
“The plays and play calling are limited in a game like that, and they had him throwing some vertical stuff at a point in the game where, if it were a league game or a playoff game or something like that, they probably don’t put him in that situation,” Fowler said. “They even had him playing under center some, and that’s just not Matt.”
Fowler - and the Fox Sports internet broadcast team - was also impressed with another Texan signee. Kerrville Tivy wide receiver Kason Fornes, the grandson of the late former Tarleton football coach Buddy Fornes, hauled in an impressive reception.
“He made a great catch, and it led to a great moment for Tarleton,” Fowler said. “The broadcasters went on and on about Fornes coming here to play with (Bishop) and what that combination could bring to us.
“That’s great to have those guys out there creating Tarleton buzz,” Fowler said. “It’s great for the school and it’s great for us when we go out recruiting. Then you have Stephenville getting a lot of buzz because of (Edwards), and it was just a good night for everyone here.”
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