For Zak Miller, the Arizona Coaches Association 1A-3A North vs. South All-Star football represented the opportunity to relish a top-notch gridiron experience.
"Everything was so nice there and I had a blast," he said. "It was everything I expected."
The annual game was played June 16 in plush Surprise Stadium -- the spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.
Although the playing field included a portion that was red infield dirt, the players enjoyed lavish locker rooms and a JumboTron television, on which athletes could instantly watch replays.
In the clash, which the South won 14-10, Miller received the starting nod as the North team's tight end and held down slots on both the kick off and kick return team.
"I think I played well," he said. "I had some good blocks and caught a pass."
In the game, a real plus for Miller was the week-long camaraderie he enjoyed with his teammates, including some he had played against, most of his prep career.
"We got along really well," he said. "I made some new friends."
Former Coolidge High School quarterback Jesse Wheeler, who is bound for UNLV, led the winning South team.