Washingtonville, Ohio (WKBN) – The Quad County Coaches Association kicked-off their festivities for the 35th annual Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic all-star football game Saturday morning with a breakfast for the members of the Ohio team.
The contest will take place on Friday June 27th, with player introductions at 7pm, and kickoff at 7:30. The game this year will be played at Springfield Local’s Community Stadium in New Middletown.
Fittingly, Springfield’s Sean Guerriero was named the Association’s “Coach of the Year” and will be the head coach of the Ohio squad which will feature 36 players representing the 26 schools that make up the Quad County Coaches Association. “It’s nice to be close to home, we practice at Columbiana, but to have it at Springfield and to be able to showcase our kids and our stadium I think it’s a great honor.”
“Right now I feel honored for our staff, for our school to be able to host the game, and to be able to coach it. We have a great group of kids to come out and represent Ohio,” Guerriero added.
“I think it’s very competitive,” Guerriero remarked about the contest. “I played in it in ’97, and seeing the tradition of the game year after year, it’s very competitive. I think both teams want to win bad, and to be able to represent this area because it has a great football tradition.”
“From schools that are in the Quad County it’s a great honor to be picked for this. In the evaluation of the kids it’s hard to get it down to thirty-six because we do have a great number of kids that can play in the game. You want to represent every school so it’s a tough process to be able to pick (the team).”
“It’s an honor to play in a game like this, an all-star, one last time,” Poland’s Jacob Wolfe remarked. “It will be fun to play with our friends and some of the guys from the area that we have seen play. These guys here are all great players.” Wolfe is one of four players from the Bulldogs team participating in the game.
Wolfe also recognizes that they will be playing for a former Bulldog as Guerriero is a Poland graduate. “It will be fun. It’s funny, you know he’s coaching at Springfield, went to Poland, and our coach (Mark Brungard) went to Springfield and is coaching at Poland so it’s kind of a reversal there, so we’re excited.”
The Quad County Coaches Association will give out six $500 scholarships to players from the member schools. The players are nominated by the school coaches and don’t necessarily have to be members of the all-star team.
The coordinator of the Ohio team is Larry Baughman who recently received recognition by the state for his 30 years of coaching in Ohio, and has been the coordinator for the Ohio team the past 17 years. Baughman is responsible for selecting scholarship winners, obtaining a playing field, and selling tickets and advertising.
“The main thing is our scholarships,” Baughman said of the profits from the game. “At one time we use to give 11 away, but we lost our two big sponsors. We’re giving six $500 scholarships, plus Pennsylvania is doing a thousand some in scholarships too.”
Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance at Sitler the Printer, Radio Shack, and Don’s Barber Shop in Columbiana, Sports Connection in Salem, and Subway in New Middletown. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the gate.
COURTESY: Lowell Spencer – ITCLFootball.net