AFter his brilliant prep career,George Ornellas would have been excused for laying an egg in his last all-star game. The Saint Louis star wasn’t having it, though.
The rugged West defense held the state player of the year to minus-8 yards in the first half, including a loss of 10 yards thanks to Waianae linebacker George Burress, of a rugged affair at the Building Trades Council Goodwill Football Classic in front of a crowd of 3,814 at Aloha Stadium.
Ornellas then scored eight points in the fourth quarter and the East beat the West 15-9. He started his show with a 14-yard touchdown reception from Iolani’s Micah Blanton with 3:22 left for his 69th touchdown in 41 games.
Ornellas added a two-point conversion after Kahuku’s Mike Nuga nailed future NFL player James Fenderson of Miliani and forced him to cough up the ball at midfield. Fellow Red Raider Paulo Kamakeeaina scooped it and scored.
The East had 14 of the 24 players on the Star-Bulletin’s all-state team that year.