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Stiles not playing in Lions affair
Austin Stiles

Austin Stiles will not participate in the 43rd Annual Central California Lions All-Star Football Game this Saturday at Tracy High School's Wayne Schneider Stadium.

The 2016 Ceres High graduate has yet to fully recover from a groin injury sustained in March while competing for his school's track and field team.

"I chose not to play because my leg is not 100 percent," said Stiles, who earned an invitation to the Lions Game after starring at receiver during his final season with the Bulldogs.

Austin would have suited up for the South Team, which features players from Oakdale, Beyer, Downey, Enochs, Grace Davis, Gregori, Modesto High, Central Catholic, Hughson, Turlock, Pitman, Patterson, Orestimba, Gustine, Buhach Colony, Merced and Los Banos.

Stiles had a breakout season on the gridiron this past fall.

He was selected to the Western Athletic Conference First Team.

He led the conference in receptions (38), yards (594) and touchdowns (9).

Austin caught 64 passes for 1,015 yards and 14 TDs in a total of 10 games.

He played organized football for the first time during his junior year.

Stiles totaled 347 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in 27 passes at receiver.

He played in just six games due to injury.

"I work hard so I was expecting to do well this year," Austin said. "I really don't like losing, especially in individual things. I really push myself."

Stiles will continue his football career at the College of San Mateo.

He's currently enrolled in summer classes.

Austin started training on campus this week for the upcoming season.

"I don't know anyone out here," Stiles said. "I won't have any distractions. I'll be really focused. It's going to be a big test. I'm excited. I like having pressure on me. It makes me work harder."