The North finally beat the South in football at the annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games, held June 8 at Rex Field on the campus of Adams State University in Alamosa.

Sady Sumbunu of Gateway High School lays a block on Durango’s Trevor Gillen during Friday night’s Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state football game at Adams State College. Sumbunu’s team won the game 17-15, thanks in large part to a defensive stand inside the 5-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

For years, the South has dominated the contest featuring a number of the top graduated seniors from across the state, but Gateway lineman Sady Sumbunu and the North triumphed this year in a 17-15 outlasting of the South, which featured Cherokee Trail’s Thomas Singleton and Dillon Zacharias and Grandview’s Taylor Schultz.

Singleton — a Northern Colorado recruit — had a big game with two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that would have given the South the lead, only to have it called back by penalty. A defensive stand inside the 5-yard-line by the South preserved the victory.

Rangeview grad Gabe Solarin was on the Red Team that collected the All-State championship with a 114-110 win over the Black on June 9 at Plachy Hall.

Aurora Central’s Kevin Nguyen was an individual winner, as he scored a 2-0 victory over Rocky Ford’s Ray Rodriguez in the All-State wrestling match.

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Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...