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Prep football players of year turning to rugby, baseball

Steven Tomasin and Darrian Roman are two peas from the same football pod, spawned by the same football seed, it seems, with this maybe the only difference: Tomasin has this little rat fuzz on his chin that could be called a goatee.

Cardinal Newman's Tomasin is the 2011 Player of the Year in the NBL. Windsor's Roman is the 2011 Player of the Year in the SCL. Both played running back and linebacker in high school. Both believe the shortest distance between two points is an energetic, well-directed forearm. Both are 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. Both are going to major in kinesiology in college. Both are going to be physical therapists.

"We are built the same, play the same," Roman said, "and I think I can safely say Steven could be my twin."

Especially when it comes to one other thing, a very important thing, a very important unexpected thing as it turns out. It's the one thing they wish they didn't have in common.

Neither Player of the Year will be playing college football.

Saturday night on Santa Rosa's Nevers Field, at the Kiwanis 39th Summer All-Star Game, both played their last game of organized football. The SCL won, 28-21.

They never saw it coming. Not at all.

"I'm still not over it," said Tomasin, who ran 12 times for 131 yards Saturday, caught three passes for 90 yards and scored all three NBL touchdowns.

"Me neither," said Roman, who ran 11 times for 44 yards Saturday.

Based on the seasons they had last fall, both felt they would attract suitors. Roman rushed for 1,400 yards. Tomasin, whose coach, Paul Cronin, doesn't believe in keeping player stats, scored something like 5,000 touchdowns. What shocked both players was the feeling they had disappeared off the radar.

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