Recruits Shine in All-Star Action

July 1, 2005

Two future Yale football players provided some thrills for the local fans Thursday night, as Mike McLeod ran for 142 yards and one touchdown and Ryan Fodor added two first-half touchdown passes for Connecticut in a 24-10 win over Rhode Island in the annual Governor's Cup game. McLeod was named offensive MVP and was joined in the awards ceremony by Yale assistant coach Larry Ciotti (Ciotti, the head coach at Hand of Madison from 1970-88, had the MVP award named after him). Several other Bulldog recruits have recently taken part in all-star games. Here is a look:

LB Bobby Abare, Acton, Mass. (Acton-Boxborough Regional)
Shriner's Football Classic June 24
Six tackles in 22-20 win for North

DB Larry Abare, Acton, Mass. (Acton-Boxborough Regional)
Shriner's Football Classic June 24
Six tackles, three punt returns (23 yards) in 22-20 win for North

OL/DL Darius Dale, Seattle, Wash. (West Seattle)
East-West Summer Classic July 1
Game features top Class 4A and 3A players

QB Ryan Fodor, Madison, Conn. (Daniel Hand)
Governor's Cup June 30
2 touchdown passes in 24-10 win for Connecticut

DB Brady Hart, State College, Pa. (State College)
Lezzer Lumber Football Classic June 18
5 catches for 2 TDs, 62 yards; 2 rushes for 2 yards; booted two touchbacks on kickoffs for the North Team in 35-20 win

DL Joe Hathaway, Clifton, N.J. (Clifton)
North-South All-Star Classic June 30
North topped South 9-7

QB Josh Helmrich, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Upper St. Clair)
Pro-Grass Football Classic June 18
7-15, 78 yards for North Team in 23-9 win over South

WR Grant MacQueen, Princeton Junction, N.J. (West Windsor Plainsboro South)
North-South All-Star Classic June 30
Part of South squad in 9-7 loss to North

TB Mike McLeod, New Britain, Conn. (New Britain)
Governor's Cup June 30
142 yards, 1 touchdown on 21 carries, Offensive MVP in 24-10 win for Connecticut

LB Matt Plummer, Califon, N.J. (Voorhees)
Sunshine Football Classic June 30
Part of West Team that lost 29-7 to East

LB Adam Sato, Saratoga, Calif. (Saratoga)
Silicon Valley Youth Classic July 20
Selected for North squad

RB Brian Stephenson, Lima, Ohio (Shawnee)
All-Star Football Classic June 10
8 carries for 20 yards, key two-point conversion reception in 36-33 win for Western Buckeye League All-Stars

Additionally, OL Landon Hairgrove (Colleyville, Texas) and DE Kyle Hawari (Plano, Texas) participated in the Coca-Cola High School All-Star Football Game in January.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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