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Football trio competes in Chowchilla all-star contest
Ceres High's Hadon Lopez and Dashawn Mena, and Central Valley's Tyree Jones enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On Friday night, the three recent graduates represented their respective schools while suiting up for the same team at the 26th Annual Chowchilla Rotary High School All-Star Football Game.

Hadon started at inside linebacker, Dashawn logged playing time at defensive end and Tyree contributed at running back as the North lost 17-10 to the South at Henry Massaro Stadium.

"I'm a competitive person," Lopez. "I hate losing. But I'm not mad. I did everything I could."

Hadon registered nine tackles.

Jones gained 30 yards on four carries.

"I didn't expect to get a lot of playing time because it's an all-star game," said Tyree, who rushed for a school-record 1,717 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior year. "When I did get in, I played my best."

Mena, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound lineman, played six snaps on defense.

"I was just happy to be on the field," Dashawn said. "It was an awesome opportunity. It felt great getting out there hitting people and making plays."

Jones will continue his football career at Merced College.

Mena will play for rival Modesto Junior College.

Lopez will take a one-year break to focus on off-field priorities.

"I got a job," Hadon said. "I'm trying to save up some money."

Said Tyree: "This chapter in my life is done. It's time to move on."