The guy who wasn't supposed to be a quarterback went out an All-Star.?
As a junior, Cape Coral High's Trey Daniels might have thought about playing in the Carrigan Rotary South All-Star Classic football game after his senior year, but he wouldn't have thought about playing in it as a quarterback.?
Daniels was a leader of the Seahawks' defense as a junior linebacker, and when the last school year ended he expected to be playing linebacker again as a senior.?
North squad quarterback and Cape Coral senior Trey Daniels (7) looks for a receiver during the second quarter of the 24th annual John Carrigan Rotary South All-Star Classic at Fort Myers High School Wednesday night. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Then starting quarterback Kurt Benkert transferred to Island Coast over the summer, and Daniels was asked to switch over to the offense.?"It was a shock to me," Daniels said Wednesday night. "I just stuck with it to help the Seahawks."?
He was the Seahawks' quarterback all season, playing hurt part of the time.
"I was banged up, but I came back to help support my teammates," he said.
He played well enough to earn an invitation to play in the Carrigan Classic Wednesday at Fort Myers High School. He quarterbacked the North squad in a 14-0 loss to the South squad at Edison Stadium.?
South got a pair of touchdown passes from South Fort Myers' Andrew Dailidonis to Dunbar receiver Johnell Barnes. The pair hooked up from 26 yards on the game's first possession and again on an 11-yard score on the last play of the half.?
Barnes was named the South's Most Valuable Player, while Kendall Beck of Riverdale was the North MVP. ?
Daniels wound up 15-of-23 for 98 yards and two interceptions. Those numbers were slightly skewed in that he missed seven of his last eight passes, including his second interception, in the game's final minutes when North was in a must-pass situation.?
Daniels was under heavy pressure all night, being sacked four times and getting several other passes off with South defenders in his face.?
Six of Daniels' completions were to Seahawks teammate Rashan Gaymon, including a 30-yarder.?
"I've been playing with Rashan all four years of high school," Daniels said. "He and I are real close friends. We're like brothers. I go to his house and he comes to my house. It's all good."?
Gaymon also played defensive back and broke up a potential South touchdown pass in the second quarter.?
The North's best opportunity to score came in the third quarter when Cape's Ian McCallum recovered a fumble on the South 15-yard line. South's defense held, taking over on downs at the 20.?
Ida Baker's Brian Jordan led the North defense in tackles, including two tackles in the South backfield. Island Coast's TJ Johnson caught four passes from Daniels.?
With no college recruiters calling, Wedneaday night may have been the last football game for Daniels.?
"I think this just might be it," Daniels said, "but it's been a good four seasons."
North 0 0 0 0 - 0?
South 7 7 0 0 - 14?
South: Johnell Barnes 26 pass from Andrew Dailidonis (Conner Kammerlocher kick)?
South: Barnes 11 pass from Dailidonis (Kammerlocher kick)