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TAMPA — If any of the 300 or so frigid souls who turned out for Saturday night’s Blue-Grey National All-Star Classic were college scouts, they either were in the hot chocolate line or incognito.
No matter to Tommy Eveld. On this night at Raymond James Stadium, Jesuit’s 6-foot-5 senior quarterback was more interested in enjoyment than attention.
In his final high school-level game, Eveld went 6-for-9 for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the Grey’s 31-7 romp. His last pass: a 26-yard scoring strike to Joey Herrick from Texas on an apparent blown coverage.
“My last game was against Pasco (a 31-7 playoff loss) and I thought that was it,” said Eveld, who has a grayshirt offer from Western Kentucky and has been invited to join older brother Bobby at USF as a walk-on.
“Then I got invited to the (Hillsborough County) all-star game … and then that game ended and I was like, 'All right, I’m done.’ And then I get a call for (this) game, so I’m just like, 'It’s another game, let’s go have fun.’ ”
Eveld connected with Robinson receiver Byron Pringle twice for 65 yards on the Grey’s opening drive, including a 52-yarder down the left side when Pringle got behind his defender.
Pringle, who likely would’ve garnered several game MVP votes if ballots were taken, had five catches for 98 yards and a 41-yard punt return. Pringle said he has a scholarship offer from Bethune-Cookman and has generated interest from Youngstown State.
EASLEY DOES IT: Newsome cornerback/running back Royce Easley, among eight bay area players who suited up for the Grey, had an interception on the Blue’s second possession, returning it roughly 40 yards to the Blue 33. Easley has offers from Jacksonville and Georgia Southern.
LOCAL FLAVOR: Though Saturday night’s game was billed as a national showcase, nearly 20 percent of the Grey roster consisted of bay area talent.
Game director Gus Bell said about 80 percent of the rosters consisted of players selected from last summer’s Blue-Grey Super Combine in Canton, Ohio. Participants at that event, however, were told about eight to 10 roster spots would be saved for local standouts.
ODDS AND ENDS: Canterbury running back Brent O’Neal, who has five scholarship offers, had three carries for 17 yards, including a 2-yard TD, for the Grey. … Both teams had two practices at Skyway Park before the game. … This inaugural Blue-Grey contest wasn’t without its glitches. The public-address system went in and out during the national anthem, and the U.S. flag presented at midfield had to be borrowed from the Tampa Sports Authority office inside the stadium. … Bell said he hopes to stage this game annually in Tampa.