Newport Harbor’s Kashton Henjum ends up in spotlight in all-star football game
NEWPORT BEACH — On a field full of stars, Newport Harbor’s Kashton Henjum outshined his counterparts by scoring a pair of receiving touchdowns Saturday in the South’s 24-7 win over the North in the Orange County North-South All-Star Classic football game at Newport Harbor High.
That made eight consecutive wins for the South.
Henjum caught five passes for 132 yards and two TDs.
South head coach Peter Lofthouse of Newport Harbor said he had to confirm with his staff that Henjum was the playmaker on a few occasions.
“He had a hell of a night, he played really well, it was one of those where I was looking around trying to ask people, ‘Is it Kash or is it somebody else?’” Lofthouse said.
On Henjum’s first score, Northwood running back Adam Harper initially received a pitch from Capistrano Valley quarterback Trey Kukuk. Harper took the toss and ran toward the sideline, then stopped and threw the ball to Henjum, who was open behind North’s secondary.
“It felt like it was in slow motion, but it was really cool to see that happen,” Lofthouse said playfully. “I asked Adam (Harper) if that was his first TD pass and he said, ‘No, last year I threw four.’ “
Garret Emerson of Newport Harbor had a second-quarter interception that set up Henjum’s next score, which came on a dime from Edison quarterback Parker Awad.
Special bond for Tustin twins
The North squad featured twin brothers, offensive linemen Ben and Nijah Faletoi of Tustin.
The brothers were grateful and thankful for their family values and their faith
“It was everything I could’ve asked for,” Ben Faletoi said. “A brother like this, been with me through thick and thin, every year at school, sitting next to me, I couldn’t ask for anything else like that.”
“It’s a blessing. Ever since we were kids we’ve always had each other’s back,” Nijah Faletoi added. “Never fought against each other, every time one of us is down, pick each other up. That’s what my mom and dad taught us, that’s it’s all God’s work right there.”
Night to remember for Katella’s Daniel Viramontes
Daniel Viramontes was the lone Katella player on the North roster, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying his all-star experience.
“I felt very proud,” he said. “I definitely rose up from our competition in Division 10 and I was just working hard and it definitely paid off for me.”
Viramontes also his father Juan, who recently resigned as Katella’s head coach, was instrumental in his improvement this season.
Viramontes was surrounded by a large group of family after the game, and he said he appreciated the sendoff.
“It was a nice goodbye,” he said. “Our season wasn’t that good. We lost our last regular season game and we didn’t go to the playoffs, so this was a nice goodbye.”