MERCED -- It's been a fun week for Jaquari People.
If the Merced star isn't joking around with Golden Valley's Bryant Brown or Buhach Colony's Prince Hallion, he's trading stories with Atwater defensive back coach Seneca Ybarra.
He's also found a little bit of time to spend on the football field in preparation for tonight's 27th annual North/South Rotary All-Star Game at Golden Valley High School's Veterans Stadim.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
"It's cool to get one more Friday night in," said People, who will play next year at Pacific University in Oregon next fall. "I'm pretty excited. We all have had fun. We know what we're supposed to do."
Atwater coach Bob Valladao will coach the North. He was surprised with how well most of the kids knew each other.
He remembered holding grudges against his rivals before getting to know them back when he played in an all-star game.
"When I played there was no Facebook or Twitter," Valladao said. "You hated the guys you played against. Once you got to know them, you realized they were nice guys, too.
"I'm out here seeing Bryce Howard (Los Banos) talking mess to Johnny Padilla (Turlock). They all know each other. The chemistry comes together a little faster."
The Rotary game changes this year with the North team completely comprised of Sac-Joaquin Section players taking on the South team of Central Section players.
"I think it's really cool that we get to play teams from out of our section," said Fowler coach Steve Nelson, who will coach the South. "Take a team like Le Grand, who we heard a lot about and got to watch in the state championship game.
"At the same time, we don't know as much about them as we would if they were a team in our section. It's a pride issue thing too. I think the kids from Fresno and Madera County a really looking forward to the game."
The South has a couple players of its own who won a state championship in Washington Union's Shane McCurley and KC Migliore.
The South also features a couple local stars in Dos Palos running back Kailan Hill and Chowchilla's Devon Gaines.
The North will lean on the arms of quarterbacks Andrew Olson (Hilmar) and Nick Datray (Buhach Colony).
Brown and Golden Valley teammate Chris Winzer could see a lot of passes coming their way.
"I've very excited," Brown said. "I can't wait to get to college and play. This is going to be a good game for me. I'm looking forward to it."
If You Go
WHAT: 27th annual North/South Rotary All-Star Football Game
WHEN: Tonight, 7:45
WHERE: Veterans Stadium at Golden Valley High School
TICKETS: $10 adults, $5 for kids under 12
DIRECTIONS:(From Modesto) Take Highway 99 South; exit Childs Avenue; turn left onto Childs; turn left at Parsons Avenue; stadium will be on the right (you can't miss the stadium lights).