2012 PSFCA East/West All Star Football Game

The 2012 (PSFCA) will hold the East/West All Star Game Sunday, May 6. The game will be held at Gateway High School in Monroeville. Scheduled kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. Game History - The first game was held at Mansion Park in Altoona in June of 2001, after members of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association approached the Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau to help organize and produce a sister game to the Big 33 Game. The Big 33 Game features the top players in the state against players from Ohio. Unfortunately, only 34 players can be selected to represent Pennsylvania, and in a state with a rich football tradition many quality players are left out. Thus, the PSFCA East/West All Star Game was conceived giving the honor to play a statewide, prestigious all star game to 68 more players.Activities - Players arrive two times the Sunday's prior to the game for practices, luncheons, events and activities. With all the activities planned, the week is full of fun and excitement leading up to the PSFCA East/West All Star Game, held annually in June.   Players selection - The players selected to play in the game truly represent some of the finest football talent in Pennsylvania. Past players have gone on to play for college powerhouse teams such as Penn State, University of Maryland, Ohio State, Pitt, Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Cornell University, U.S. Naval Academy and University of Michigan. The game has also been a showcase for Ivy League athletes, with players going on to Princeton and Yale. Our first class of alumni was eligible for the NFL draft in April of 2005 and several have begun their professional careers with the NFL.Currently the East holds the advantage for wins, having won seven of the ten all-star games. Clearly the stage has been se for rivalry that's sure to continue to grow. As the rivalry grows so does game attendance and recognition. More than 50,000 people (an average of 5,000 people at each game) have traveled to watch these future college and NFL players in a classic rivalry. The game has been aired since 2003 on PCN and Fox Sports.See full article by purchasing the May 4 edition of The Kane Republican.