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Area players gear up for MVFCA all-star game

All-star football in June? Count Triad High School head coach Payton Printz in.

“It’s been very rewarding,” said Printz, who’ll be the head coach of the North in today’s Miami Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Football Game at Welcome Stadium (7 p.m.). “To get a chance to play this game that we love so much in the month of June, we’re just blessed.”

This marks this 31st year that the local association has sponsored an all-star game for recent graduated seniors. Some of the players, like Springfield linebacker Dorian Hunter who signed with the University of Findlay, will take their games to the next level.

But for most, this is the last time that they’ll represent their schools and communities.

“It is one last opportunity for them to make their school proud for the parents and friends to be able to come and watch them perform, especially at the highest level in high school,” South head coach Shawn Lamb of Lebanon said.

“All-star games are special. You have to bring your ‘A’ game because you know the guy who you’re lining up across from is also an all-star.”

Area players on the North team are Steven Feasel (DL, Triad), Christian Evans (RB, Tecumseh), Dorian Hunter (LB, Springfield), Drey Williams (LB, Northeastern), Jalen Nelson (RB, Shawnee), Matt McMahan (OL, Cedarville), Jake McCreary (OL, Triad), Eli King (OL, Triad), Shane Ware (DB, Urbana) and Jalen Fultz (WR, Springfield).

The rules are purposely tweaked to hinder the defense and make it easier for the offense to score. The defense must be in a “straight” 52 alignment and no stunting or blitzing is allowed.

The offense must have at least one player in the backfield.

Practices have been held three times weekly for the past three weeks. However, getting all the players to show has been, like always, a challenge because of spring sports obligations.

The North has practiced at Urbana University, Piqua High School and Welcome Stadium. South practices have been at Franklin High School and Welcome.

The MVFCA inducted Howard Sales, Chuck Asher and Ned Booher into its head coach hall of fame and Glen “Tiger” Ellison and George Wertz into the Legends Hall of Fame during the 11th annual Pigskin BBQ at White Allen Chevrolet in Dayton on Thursday.

Brent Nance, Jeff Eckley, Mike McKenna, Bob Young and Rocky Day will be inducted into the assistant coaches hall of fame.

At halftime, the following recent grads will receive MVFCA scholarships: Alexa Wene (Lebanon), Brianne Bates (Upper Valley Career Center), Tim Bush (Vandalia-Butler), Lauren DeLong (Xenia), Trina and Ashley Current (Miami East) and TreMcIntyre (Triad).

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