SAN ANTONIO - Texas coach Mack Brown wasn't in the Alamodome on Tuesday night but he had to like what he was watching on television.
South running back Jamaal Charles (4), above, eludes North defensive back Chris Brown during the first half of Tuesday's Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game at the Alamodome. AP photo
Incoming freshmen Jamaal Charles and JerMichael Finley combined for four touchdowns to lead the South to a 37-21 win over the North in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game.
Charles of Port Arthur Memorial scored on runs of 1 and 7 yards and also scored on a 31-yard screen pass from Dustin Hood of Nederland. He was named the game's offensive MVP.
Finley of Texas City had four catches for 51 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown reception from Jerod Walker of Jersey Village in the first half. Finley finished with five receptions for 76 yards.
Walker added a 6-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half. The South also scored on a 22-yard field goal by Brian Galindo of San Antonio O'Connor.
The North scored its first touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Colt McCoy of Jim Ned to Chris Dunn of Arlington Sam Houston. McCoy also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Howard Morrow of Keller Fossill Ridge in the third quarter. McCoy is also headed to Texas. Leshawn Vation of Irving MacArthur returned a fumble 35 yards for a North touchdown.
Noe Lopez of Irving Nimitz, who recovered a fumble for the North, was selected the defensive MVP.
Arkeith Brown of El Campo had an interception for the South in the second quarter and broke up a pass in the third quarter. Bay City's Terrence Flagg had three tackles while playing linebacker and Shiner's Chris Baer broke up a pass and had a tackle at safety for the South defense.
Cuero's Ross Nigh helped open holes for Charles on the South offensive line.
NOTES: Shiner coach Steven Cerny and Cuero coach Victor Mathis will be honored at today's Hall of Honor Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Cerny led Shiner to the 2004 Class 1A state football championship and Mathis led Cuero to the 2005 Class 3A state track and field championship.
Four area schools were included in the THSCA coaching school preseason Top 15 football poll. Cuero was ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, Van Vleck was ranked in a three-way tie for No. 13 in Class 3A, and Shiner was ranked No. 11 and Flatonia was ranked in a three-way tie for No. 15 in Class 1A.
Cuero received seven first-place votes and Flatonia got one first-place vote.
The top-ranked schools were Southlake Carroll in Class 5A, La Marque in Class 4A, Marlin in Class 3A, Newton in Class 2A, and Chilton in Class 1A.
Andy Hawkins of Bay City was an official in the all-star football game.
Gregory-Portland coach George Harris, who previously coached at Refugio, is one of the eight nominees to coach in next year's all-star football game.
Brenham coach Bruce King, who previously coached at Yorktown, is one of the eight nominees to coach in next year's all-star football game.
Coaching school will be held in Austin next year. Coaching school was last held in Austin in 1950.