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Westfield’s Jackson Simcox Plays in Phil Simms Classic, a Game About More Than Winning

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Westfield linebacker Jackson Simcox (No. 44) played every defensive snap for the North. Credits: Tim LeCras
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Seton Hall Prep's Vincent Nisivocchia gets one final photo opp with New York Giants great Phil Simms. Nisivocchia caught a key touchdown pass late in the first half to give the North a one-point lead at halftime. Credits: Tim LeCras
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West Essex's Marc McDonald (No. 92) and Orange's Tyler Bryant (No. 64) watch the North's kicking unit during the second half kickoff. Credits: Tim LeCras
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The South team, including South Brunswick's Dante Strickland and Zane Gibson, defeated the North, 23-21, for their series leading 18th victory. Credits: Tim LeCras
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Paterson-Eastside defensive lineman Tevaughn Grant earned the Jim Burt North Defensive MVP Award. Credits: Tim LeCras
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The North squad, which included 17 players from TAPinto.net's coverage area, get pumped up prior to the second half kickoff. Credits: Tim LeCras
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UNION, NJ – Former NFL quarterback Phil Simms stood on the sideline of Kean University’s Alumni Field in awe on Monday night.

The signal-caller, whose name took ownership of the game last year, was captivated by the approximately 78 recent high school graduates playing in the premiere all-star football game New Jersey has to offer. Among them was linebacker Jackson Simcox, who graduated Westfield High School last week. Simcox will play for Princeton in the fall.

“High school all-star games, in many ways, almost everybody in this game is playing in college, so it's a good step towards college,” Simms said. “It's a game where no doubt the talent level is raised. They’re playing against better talent all around.”

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New Jersey’s best graduating senior football players, selected by general managers Marion Bell III (North) and Calvin Thompson (South) and head coaches from across the state, played to a frantic finish, with the South outlasting their North counterparts, 23-21, in the 37th Annual Phil Simms North/South High School All-Star Football Classic.

Despite the strong competition on the field, to many of the game’s participants, the game was less about the final outcome and more about the overall experience.

“I think the best part about this is validating that I belong on this level and I can play with the best of the best,” Simcox said. “Playing during high school, some people doubted me, but I showed here that I proved it. It means a lot.”

Many of the other 77 players shared the same mindset, using the game as a way to gauge their talent-level while going up against the best-of-the best. To Simms, this thought is what drives the game to be as good as it is.

“They want to know how they measure up,” Simms said. “There is not one kid out there tonight that has not dreamed about playing college football and playing well. Look, we all know, many of them are thinking ‘It’s going to fall and I’m going to play in the pros one day.’ It wouldn’t shock me.”

The other major mindset coming out was the honor of playing in the game to begin to with.

Randolph offensive lineman David Vargas said the best part was “making new family and friends.”

“It means a lot,” Vargas said. “It’s great. I’m really happy that my coach nominated me to play in this game. I did the best I could and just played the way I’ve always played.”

For Vincent Nisivocchia, who made a touchdown catch reminiscing an end zone fade to Odell Beckham Jr, his road to the Phil Simms North/South Classic was different than many others. Not only was he representing his high school, Seton Hall Prep, but also his hometown of Nutley. 

“It’s an amazing feeling. Just being able to represent everyone I know from Nutley, then all the people at Seton Hall Prep who helped me throughout high school, whether its [President] Msgr. [Michael] Kelly, Coach [John]Finnigan, all of them. I’m happy I can rep everyone.”

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