Lake Travis’ Erickson has 3 TDs as South rolls
SAN ANTONIO — Lake Travis’ Andy Erickson took three different routes to the end zone Tuesday night at the Alamodome.
The Rice-bound slotback had three touchdowns to help the South defeat the North 36-23 in the annual Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game.
Erickson provided a 73yard punt return, a 96-yard kickoff return and a 19-yard touchdown reception to earn the game’s Offensive MVP
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In one of most spectacular individual performances in the game’s 76-year history, Erickson added to his three-touchdown performance with an interception in the fourth quarter to help seal the South’s victory.
With his team trailing 7-2, Erickson took a punt at his own 27-yard line, cut right, then burst through the middle of the field at the 50, leaving a host of North defenders behind.
For an encore, he took the opening kickoff of the second half at the 3, followed his blockers, and raced down the right sideline for his 96yard touchdown.
While Erickson stood out, he was not the only Central Texas player to succeed.
Bastrop wide receiver Auston Shipley caught a go-ahead touchdown pass from Gilmer’s Stump Godfrey with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Westlake senior Bryce Hager had one of the night’s pivotal defensive plays — a first-quarter safety in the first period that gave the South its first score.
Hager, already enrolled at Baylor, gave the South an early spark by tackling North running back Nathan Jeffery in the end zone for a safety in the first quarter.
Erickson’s punt return for a touchdown with 4:45 remaining in the second quarter helped the South gain a 9-7 halftime lead. Although the score was close, the South dominated the first half, possessing the football for 19 of the half’s 24 minutes.
Neither of Erickson’s touchdown returns were All-Star Game records — but they were close.
The 73-yard punt return ranks third in the game’s 76-year history. Louis Fite of Waco High set the record in 1991 with scored 3 touchdowns for South. Katy’s Sam Holl, left, intercepts a pass with the help of teammate Gabe Baker, right, of San Antonio MacArthur during the first half at the Alamodome on Tuesday night. an 87-yard return and Johnnie Hurndon of Daingerfield had an 81-yard return in 1986.
Erickson’s 96-yard kickoff return was just two yards short of the record set last year by Livingston’s Dustin Harris.
Erickson, the American-Statesman Central Texas Player of the Year, simply added another impressive chapter to his high school career.
He rushed for 1,063 yards as a senior, added 1,326 on receptions, and was a major reason Lake Travis finished last season with its third consecutive Class 4A state championship.
The North rallied from a 16-7 deficit in the third quarter and took a 17-16 lead on Missouri-bound kicker Grant Pierce’s 40-yard field goal.
The annual THSCA coaching school drew 13,400 coaches to San Antonio. Next year’s convention will be in Fort Worth.