By Matt Popchock
Another group of the finest high school football seniors from the 2010 WPIAL campaign will bid adieu to their respective programs in one final exhibition contest, which, once again, features some of Ohio’s top talent.
The Big 33 is over, but the 32nd annual Penn-Ohio All-Star Football Classic is just about to kick off at Geneva College’s Reeves Stadium in Beaver Falls. Tonight the Pennsylvania squad, led by Beaver head football coach Jeff Beltz, will go for its 23rd win all-time.
Beltz, who guided the Bobcats to the WPIAL Class AA Quarterfinals, will be opposed by Ohio team coach Mark Asher, who, as head coach of East Liverpool, led the Potters to the state’s Division III playoffs last season, ending an eight-year drought.
Five of Asher’s 2010 seniors will be playing for him tonight, and this should also be an emotional evening for a couple of the PA players as well. West Allegheny tailback Aaron McKinney, who filled in beautifully for an injured Mike Caputo last season, will be playing in his final football game before stepping into the first year of a wrestling scholarship at Lock Haven.
In addition to the former WPIAL Class AAA champs, the reigning Class AAA champs will be another of the teams represented. Fullback/linebacker Lukas Turley, who played an instrumental defensive role in Central Valley’s Cinderella victory over undefeated Montour at Heinz Field last November, will play in his last high school game before joining his brother on the football team at West Liberty University.
McKinney and Turley are two of seven 2010 All-PIAA selections who will be on display at Geneva Thursday night.
The full Pennsylvania roster can be seen here.
If you can’t make it to the game, but want to see your favorite player(s) in action, you can watch the game live at the link below at 7:20 tonight, courtesy of Mr. High School Sports’ friends at HeyRubino.com:
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