All-Star football players earn MVP awards


MARQUETTE — Kingsford’s Trevor Roberts, North Dickinson’s Garrett O’Neil and Forest Park’s Daniel Nocerini earned awards at Saturday’s UP Football All-Star Game at the Superior Dome.

Black Team edged the Red 19-14 before 2,000 fans.

Nocerini was named the Black Team Offensive MVP while O’Neil and Roberts earned Red Team MVP honors for offense and defense, respectively.

Other awards went to Marcus McKenney, Menominee, Black Team Defensive MVP; Ashok Ravindran, Ishpeming, Black Team Character Award, and Adam Hildebrant, Newberry, Red Team Character Award.

“For the players not pursuing football in college, the game provided a last chance to put on the pads and have some fun,” said Todd Goldbeck, coordinator for the UP Football All-Star Game. “For the players reporting to college football camp in the fall, they got a taste of playing in a large stadium, as well as a week of practice with the pads on getting used to harder hits and more physical contact.”

Iron Mountain native Steve Mariucci, an NFL Network analyst and former NFL coach, served as guest speaker for the All-Star banquet. Four hundred people were in attendance.

Mariucci provided a motivational message, according to Goldbeck, speaking about the uniqueness of the “huddle”, and how it is made up of people with much diversity, yet everyone is working together for a common goal.

“Everyone was hanging on Mooch’s every word,” Goldbeck said.