GLASSBORO – One Khalil probably would have been enough.
Two simply proved to be downright dangerous.
Khalil Trotman of Timber Creek High School and Khalil Williams of Camden had a field day Wednesday night. The quarterbacks combined for three first-half touchdown passes as White routed Blue 56-0 in the 25th annual Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic at Rowan University.
“The game plan was to make plays,” said Trotman, who will attend Morgan State. “I just tried to make the best out of every play.
“It feels good to go out on top. It was good to become friends with guys we competed against during the season. We rooted for each other.”
Said White coach John Adams of Woodstown: “It was amazing. It was a good thing to have two quarterbacks that are as dynamic as them. You knew at some point blocks would be missed, assignments would be missed and they were able to improvise. That’s something you need in a game like this.”
De’Ron Maxwell of Kingsway proved to be the biggest beneficiary, scoring on passes of 74 and 69 yards in the first half from Trotman. The speedy wide receiver broke loose along the sideline on both scores, catching passes in stride.
“It was amazing that I was able to have a couple of big catches,” said Maxwell, who plans to attend Bridgton Academy, a prep school in Maine, before going to the University of South Carolina. “I knew this was my last high school game, so I wanted to leave it all out there.
“I could feel it all week. Both Khalils come from high-passing teams with high-class receivers. It felt good.”
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Maxwell finished with three catches for 149 yards and the two scores.
Quentin Parham of Glassboro also had a big night, hauling in four passes for 139 yards.
“Part of our game plan was to throw the ball around,” said Williams, who completed 6-of-9 passes for 134 yards, including a 12-yard TD pass to Temple-bound and former Camden teammate Ja’Mir Washington. The Wesley College-bound QB also scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. “It was a fast tempo the whole game.
“It was amazing. I didn’t think we’d put points up on the scoreboard like that. We bonded quickly and it was a total team effort.”
The White all-stars, comprised of players from Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties, scored on six straight possessions en route to a 42-0 halftime lead. Aaron Swann of Pennsauken scored on an 11-yard run with 6:18 left in the first quarter and the rout was on.
Swann finished with 40 yards on six carries.
Tyrone Williams of Cherry Hill West and Haddonfield’s Jake Klaus also scored, while Everett Minchew of Camden Catholic was a perfect 8-for-8 on PAT kicks.
Sterling Sheffield proved to be all over the field for the White all-stars as well. He scored on a 2-yard run from the Wildcat formation in the second quarter and was a menace on defense.
Playing D-end, the Clearview product had two sacks, put pressure on the quarterback and just seemed to be wherever the ball was.
“I told everyone before the game that we needed to go 110 percent. If not, they’d score a touchdown. We posted the shutout because every single player on our team went 110 percent,” said Sheffield, who will attend the University of Maine. “Without that, it could have been a totally different game.”
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WHITE 56, BLUE 0
•Player of the game: De’Ron Maxwell of Kingsway had two touchdown catches and finished with 149 receiving yards.
•Play of the game: Maxwell’s 74-yard TD catch from Khalil Trotman in the first quarter.
•Well said: “We were rooting for each other. I lost my voice.” – Khalil Trotman, who shared the QB duties with Khalil Williams.