Tommy Leggett was all over the field Friday night for the East in the Subway All-Star Game in Fort Walton Beach, making several big tackles, deflecting passes and even hauling in a catch.
His leave-it-all-on-the-field effort was enough to earn him MVP honors for the East in a 24-10 loss to the West on a chilly December night at Steve Riggs Stadium.
Leggett, a standout defensive back at Navarre, was one of nine Raiders on the East roster in a game that pits the best seniors in Escambia County against the top seniors in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties.
“It’s a real good feeling,” Leggett said. “I wanted to come out here and have fun. It was great playing with my teammates and guys I’ve played against the last four years. It was a great experience.”
Leggett was joined on the all-star team by teammates Hasaan Williams, Octavien Moyer, Brent Short, Corey Capenia, Nathan McMaster, Jay Klosinski, Ryan Diamco and Anthony Miller.
“It’s a special feeling playing with some of my teammates,” Leggett said. “We had nine of us on the team and I had a lot of fun being around them for one more game.”
Leggett and his Navarre teammates were coming off a special season, helping the Raiders go 10-0 in the regular season for the first time in school history. Navarre won the district championship but saw its season end in a 23-22 double overtime loss to Tate in the opening round of the playoffs.
The East and West were tied at 10-10 with 8:50 to play in the fourth before the West scored off a kick return and interception return for a touchdown to seal the deal on its fourth consecutive win over the East.
With fans bundled up and several college scouts in attendance, the seniors on both sides had a chance to showcase their talents one last time at the high school level.
For some, this was the end of the road. For others, a college football career is next. Leggett plans to play at the next level.
“I’m definitely going to pursue playing college football,” Leggett said. “I’m going to keep working at it until I accomplish that goal.”
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