Rockets shine in gridiron All-star game

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By Todd Martin

Four members of the SCHS football team were selected to play in the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association East/West All-star game last weekend.

The Rockets suited up on the East squad and all four players had standout games.

SCHS head coach Todd Shipley and offensive coordinator Jerry Lucas coached the East offense, and quarterback Alex Matthews and wide receiver Jordan Burk took full advantage of being familiar with the system.

Matthews was named the offensive MVP after completing 13 of 20 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns in about two quarters of play. Burk caught five balls for about 70 yards and a touchdown from Matthews.

"It was even more impressive than the numbers for those two look because there was about an inch of slush on the field the whole game, and it was cold and rainy all day," Shipley said. "By the fourth quarter most of the kids couldn't feel their hands."

Matthews' transition was made even easier by having a familiar center in Rocket offensive lineman Taylor Paden.

"Taylor really played well," Shipley said. "His man never made it to the quarterback the whole game."

Coty Minnis, who started as a receiver and as a defensive back for the Rockets this season, played corner back during the All-star game. Minnis had three tackles and a blocked pass to help the East shut out the West team 33-0.

"Really, I thought all our guys played well down there," Shipley said. "They really competed well and stood out among some of the Louisville-area's best."