DARKE COUNTY — Football players from Arcanum, Bradford and Greenville will play against some of the Miami Valley’s best on Friday in the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s 31st North-South All-Star football game.
The all-star game will feature 2014 graduates from across the Miami Valley matching up at 7 p.m. Friday at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
The North team, which is coached by Triad’s Payton Printz, will include Bradford offensive lineman Robbie Loy, Arcanum defensive end Mason Garber, Greenville defensive end Ryan Drew and Greenville corner back Zach Comer.
“It’s just fun to play a football game in June,” Drew said.
The North all-stars have spent the past two weeks practicing in Urbana to get ready for the game. The team is comprised of 45 players from schools including Covington, Miami East, Piqua, Sidney, Tri-County North, Troy Twin Valley South, Vandalia-Butler and many more.
“The team’s looking very good,” Comer said.
Going against some of the best players in the area has shown Comer that he has some things to work on prior to leaving for Mount Union, which is where he and Drew will play college football, he said.
In recent days practices have expanded to allow some contact as game day approaches.
“We’re finally able to hit each other a little bit, which is always fun,” Drew said.
A lot of the techniques the players are using are the same as high school, Drew said. However, there are rules such as no blitzing and no slanting on defense to help the offenses.
“It’s no fair really,” Drew said, speaking from the perspective of a defensive player.
While Drew said the South team historically has won most of the all-star games, both he and Comer like the North’s chances of winning this year.
“I just want to play good, and hopefully we win,” Comer said.
Even with some of the special rules, Drew said, the North defense will be stout and help lead the team to a hopeful victory.
“Our defense is mean,” he said.