Ohio Football

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dayton Hosting North-South Classic


official press release:

The prestigious Ohio North-South Classic, the longest running high school football all-star game in the United States, is expanding to include more athletes and feature two games.

This year’s Ohio High School Football Coaches Association (OHSFCA) North-South Classic, which celebrates its 68-year anniversary, will host a pair of games on Saturday, April 27, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. A Division I-II-III game will kick off at 4 p.m., followed by the Division IV-V-VI game at 7.

“With the number of athletes playing football in Ohio, it was an easy decision by the OHSFCA to host not just one game, but two games in 2013,” said Mike Fell, president of the OHSFCA. “It’s also a pleasure to travel to Welcome Stadium, an outstanding facility to showcase the top players in Ohio. Every year, there are standouts in every division and one game is not enough to highlight all the talent. The OHSFCA is very proud of the young men who go on to pursue college careers, and this year is no exception.”

The roster of Ohio North-South Classic alums is indeed impressive. It includes members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (like Roger Staubach from Purcell Marian High School and Jack Lambert from Crestwood); a plethora of NFL Pro Bowlers (including 9-time selection Alan Page from Canton Central Catholic and A.J. Hawk from Centerville); and former Heisman Trophy winners (Staubach and Desmond Howard from Cleveland St. Joseph). Past participants in the Ohio North-South Classic have gone on to appear in all but two of the 47 Super Bowls (missing only Super Bowls XX and XXXIII).

“We have waited for years to have the chance to host a state game of some type,” said Steve Channell, varsity football coach at Miamisburg, and past president of the OHSFCA who runs the game with Ed Terwilliger of Olentangy. “This is a great opportunity, not only for the Dayton community, but also for Cincinnati to support this event and watch the best high school football players one final time.”

Tickets, which will be available at the Welcome Stadium Box Office on game day, are only $10 and good for admission to both games. Special group ticket package also are available in advance of the event.

Welcome Stadium, located off Interstate 75 in Dayton, is owned and operated by the Dayton Public Schools. The 11,000-seat facility, which has been totally renovated with new turf and a two-tier, 70-foot press box, hosts Ohio High School Athletic Association state playoff games, as well as OHSAA district and regional track meets and other special events, is home for the University of Dayton Flyer football team.

The OHSFCA has partnered with In-Game Sports, which manages the annual season-opening kickoff showcase, the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown that celebrated its 15-year anniversary in August. Tom Gamble, president of In-Game Sports, said his company will help market and promote the games.

The North won last year’s game, 21-16, to snap a two-game losing streak in the series.

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