Treasure Coast Essay
7:20 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Our own bowl games stars


Football players from the Treasure Coast looked good in three major bowl games.  Four of our high school grads started.  In the BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Notre Dame was clobbered by Alabama 42 to 14.  But Notre Dame safety Zeke Motta from Vero Beach High School was outstanding.  Motta -- son of Bill Motta, head football coach at St. Edward's -- led the Irish in total tackles, with 16.  In the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, defensive back Terell Floyd from Port St. Lucie High School got Louisville off to a good start against Florida.  On the first play, he returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown.  Number 22 Louisville went on to upset fourth-ranked Florida 33 to 23.  In the Orange Bowl, also at Sun Life Stadium, fullback Lonnie Pryor from Okeechobee High School was named the game's most valuable player.  Pryor ran for two touchdowns -- 60 yards and 37 yards -- as the Seminoles beat Northern Illinois 31 to 10.  Florida State starting center Bryan Stork from Vero Beach High School told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that Pryor "is the epitome of what a great football player is all about."  He goes to class, is on time and gets good grades.  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.