Here is the story my friend Scott Spruill wrote for the Yakima Herald Republic
By being so talented at so many skill positions, Justin Peterson never did have a primary position in Lakewood’s offense last season. He nearly pulled off a triple double, running for 10 touchdowns, catching 12 scoring passes and throwing for seven.
But Central Washington University signed Peterson for a specific position and it was obvious Saturday afternoon at the 19th annual Earl Barden Classic all-star football game at East Valley.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior concentrated on being a wide receiver — exactly what the Wildcats are interested in — and he hauled in seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, earned his team’s offensive MVP award and helped the West roll to a 30-6 victory over the East at Earl Barden Field.
The West’s victory was its third straight in the series, which dates back to 1995, and Peterson’s accolades marked the second year in a row that a Central recruit led the win with offensive MVP honors. Interlake’s Jordan Todd scored three touchdowns in the West’s overtime triumph last summer.
“This was a great experience, especially with my coach (Dan Tetter) here on the staff,””Peterson said. “I’ve had some older teammates play in this game and they always said, ‘If you get the chance you have to do it — don’t pass it up.’ It wasn’t just the game, it was really cool the whole week.”
Peterson, a state triple jump champion, caught five passes in the second quarter and showed immediate chemistry with Lynden quarterback Josh Kraght. The two hooked up on gains of 40, 23 and 10 yards, the last going for a touchdown that put the West up 27-6 with 23 seconds left in the first half.
Capital High School’s Kai Van Sickle, who last fall set the single-season rushing record, put the West up 7-0 on a 56-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Van Sickle and Hoquiam’s Nolan Hoiness combined for 140 rushing yards in the first quarter.
With five NCAA Division I signees on its roster, the West rolled up 432 total yards — 184 on the ground and 248 in the air — and scored all four of its touchdowns during its seven possessions in the first half. And while the defense permitted 361 yards passing, the West forced six turnovers and held the East’s running backs to 21 yards. The main antagonist in that effort was Tumwater’s 6-5, 260-pound Jaimie Bryant, a University of Washington recruit who was voted the West’s defensive MVP.