Heading into the 25th annual Miami Valley Football Coaches Association
All-Star Football Classic Friday at Welcome Stadium, the South squad will
try to right a disturbing trend. Over the past 17 years, the South is a
staggering 3-14 against the North.
Time for a turnaround. Or is it?
25th Annual MVFCA White Allen Pigskin Classic All-Star Football game sponsored by the Miami Valley Sports Magazine and the Kettering Sports Medicine Center
7:30 p.m., Friday at Welcome Stadium
The MVFCA South All-Stars versus the North All-Stars
The Dividing Line
U.S. Route 35
What’s At Stake
Bragging rights for the year. The North has owned the South, winning 14 of the last 17 games.
2008 South All-Stars
Friday the South squad will try to right a disturbing trend. Over the past 17 years, the North is a staggering 14-3 against the South.
Time for a turnaround.
“I think the way to turn that is to understand that even though it is an all-star game we still want to win,” South head coach Scott Clodfelter (Beavercreek) said. “We’re taking time away from other things to do this and we want to give everything we have to the cause and get a win.”
Beavercreek has experienced a steady turnaround under Clodfelter who has had the Beavers employ a ground-oriented attack. He’ll apply the same philosophy Friday.
Although Clodfelter doesn’t have Ohio State recruit Zach Domicone to run his offense, he does have a standout single caller in Centerville’s David Flemming (Youngstown State).
“We’re running the triple-option out of shotgun,” Clodfelter said. “We basically have Centerville’s backfield and since David and (Jay) Cravens are familiar with that we figured we’d go with it. A lot of our other guys have run option before as well so it’s an easy fit.”
The South is loaded in the backfield.
In addition to Cravens (Ball State), Clodfelter can call upon standouts Roger Smith of Dayton Christian, Dylan Crouse of Miamisburg (Ashland) and Daryl Conley of Middletown. The wing backs are Alter’s Corey Roark (Ohio State) and Dunbar’s Marcus Wright (Texas Southern).
Options are plentiful.
“I’ve got a big backfield,” Clodfelter said smiling. “We’re happy with it. We wanted some speed and smart kids who could run the option.
“I also told the kids the other day that we’re here to win and we’re here to win as a team. They don’t care about touches.”
Said Wright, who rushed for 415 yards and seven TDs against Columbus Hartley in the regular season: “We’re stacked.”
“We’ve got talent across the board,” Flemming said. “The defense is going to have to watch out. Not just at quarterback and fullback, but everywhere. We’re so loaded.”
The offensive line is built to accommodate the run.
Up front the South will have Springboro’s Owen Egler (Dayton), Alter’s Evan Johnson (Brown), Centerville’s Rob Bicknell, Monroe’s Brett Richter, Miamisburg’s Wes Barklow, Beavercreek’s J.D. Bales, Carlisle Andrew Hackney, Chaminade-Julienne’s Dennis Poelking and Franklin’s Justin Lakes. The line’s average size is 6-2, 277.
“We’ve got a nice, big OL that moves pretty well,” Clodfelter said. “In an all-star game I think that will help us.”
Tight end Scott Schear (Carroll) will also do his share of blocking, while Twin Valley South’s Josh Flynn will also get reps at quarterback.
Defensively the South will employ the standard 50-defense as required by game guidelines.
“We have to run a 50 so we picked guys that we feel confident can execute that defense,” Clodfelter said. “We’re aggressive and we have speed on the corners.”
The key Friday will be slowing down a freight train known as the North.
Offensive Line: Owen Elger (Springboro), Evan Johnson (Alter), Rob Bicknell (Centerville), Brett Richter (Monroe), Wes Barkalow (Miamisburg), JD Bales (Beavercreek), Andrew Hackney (Carlisle), Dennis Poelking (Chaminade-Julienne), Justin Lakes (Franklin)
Running Backs: Dylan Crouse (Miamisburg), Roger Smith (Dayton Christian), Jay Cravens (Centerville), Daryl Conley (Middletown), Corey Roark (Alter), Marcus Wright (Dunbar)
Quarterbacks: David Flemming (Centerville), Josh Flynn (Twin Valley South)
Receivers: Scott Shear (Carroll), Tim Missimer (Fairmont), Marcus Hicks (Lakota West), NaRonn Goddard (Dunbar), Tyler Walker (Hamilton)
Kicker: Tyler Kuehn (Mason)
Defensive Line: Justin Sprague (Chaminade-Julienne), Greg Miller (Clinton-Massie), Ian Smercina (Lebanon), Jordan Blair (Greeneview), Morgan Rooselot (Middletown Christian), Matt Money(Oakwood), Quatez Scott (Xenia), Drew Serruto (Centerville),
Wes Ryder (Belmont), Nick Braden (Franklin)
Linebackers: Steve Livingston (Dixie), DaJouir Cornnieleis (Middletown), John Cordero (Middletown), Ryan Frambes (Kings), Evan Wray (Fairmont), Derek Mundt (Springboro)
Defensive Backs: Justin Hull (Beavercreek), Patrick Bourne (Hamilton), Spenser Smith (Wilmington), Francois Hagenimana (Centerville), C.J. Rosenkranz (Jefferson), Derik Loesch (Beavercreek)
2008 North All-Stars
Don’t tell the North all-stars that the outcome of Friday’s game doesn’t matter. They already know it does.
The North is looking for its 15th victory in 18 years.
“Our biggest motivation is upholding that tradition,” Springfield Catholic Central linebacker Brian Wagner said. “We really have to bring it this year. The coaches want bragging rights and we have to give it to them.”
Added North and Bellefontaine head coach Jason Brown: “We talked about the tradition early on in our first parent meeting. We’re aware of the tradition and what we need to uphold in this game.”
Defense will be the North’s strength.
The squad is stacked at linebacker with Wagner (Akron), Milton-Union’s Tyler Wilson (Mount Union), Tecumseh’s Vet Smelko and Wayne’s Dustin Harrison. At the defensive end position Wayne’s Troy Gilmer (Akron), Piqua’s Shea Selsor, Northmont’s Kevin Moore and Bellefontaine’s Mitch Wren will have contain.
The secondary is anchored by Northmont standout Daren Youngberg.
“Of course the defense is handcuffed in this game because of the rules (must play a 50) so we really need those linebackers to make plays for us in the run game,” Brown said. “We feel real good about the speed of our defense. And we have some really tough, hardnosed kids that are great football players who have received a lot of accolades.”
Offensively the North isn’t weak.
Quarterbacking duties will be split between Trotwood-Madison’s Domonick Britt (Jackson State) and Vandalia-Butler’s Jason Albertini. Running the ball will be a stable of successful backs, including Bellefontaine’s Sean Egler (Findlay), Greenville’s Cory Knecht, Sidney Lehman’s Dan Jacob and Wayne’s Stephen Curtis. Urbana’s Daniel Haddix leads the receiving corps.
“We’ve got great running backs, huge receivers and a solid line,” Albertini said. “I think we’re going to click great.”
Said Britt: “We have a lot of playmakers on the team.”
The North offense will employ a spread, zone scheme.
“Offensively we have some kids that can make plays and have made a lot of plays in games over the years,” Brown said. “We’re excited to see what they can do on Friday night.”
Offensive Line: Vince Carter (Northmont), Matt Prichard (Northmont), Robert Tate (Cedarville), Matt Catron (Tipp City), Frank Mullen (Greenon), J.J. Thompson (Covington), Frank Busse (Milton Union), Kevin Good (Southeastern)
Running Backs: Dan Jacob (Sidney Lehman), Cory Knecht (Greenville), Sean Egler (Bellefontaine), Stephen Curtis (Wayne)
Quarterbacks: Domonick Britt (Trotwwod-Madison), Jason Albertini (Vandalia-Butler)
Receivers: Daniel Haddix (Urbana), Jason Frederick (Northwestern), Jeff Davis (Springfield North), Nick Gillum (Vandalia Butler), Michael Cooper (Springfield South), Tyler Maddox (Indian Lake), Shane Quay (Ben Logan)
Defensive Line: Zach Rogers (Northridge), Tim Thompson (Springfield South), Zach Byrkett (Milton-Union), Dustin Gregory (Sidney), Pat Dinet (Brookville), Jake Bucknoltz (Kenton Ridge), Troy Gilmer (Wayne), Mitch Wren (Bellefontaine), Shae Selsor (Piqua), Kevin Moore (Northmont)
Linebackers: Vet Smelko (Tecumseh), Tyler Wilson (Milton-Union), Dustin Harrison (Wayne), Brian Wagner (Springfield Central Catholic)
Defensive Backs: Daren Youngberg (Northmont), Robert Cooley (Vandalia Butler), Ryan Musselman (Piqua), Seth Parker (Riverside), Dustin Collier (Fairborn), Derrick Purdy (Trotwood-Madison), Ian Blake (Meadowdale), Ryan Mays (Bethel), Bryan Womack (Wayne)
Kicker: Jordan Beighle (Tippecanoe)
What They Said
John Codero, South LB, Middletown: “I’ve heard they have a pretty good team and they’ve been beating the South down a little bit, but we’re looking to change that.”
Evan Johnson, South OL, Alter: “It’s a great opportunity. It’s almost like a college game playing with a bunch of guys you haven’t played with before. It gets you ready for the next level.”
Marcus Wright, South RB, Dunbar: “After the last game of the regular season and not making the playoffs you are always wondering what if. Now we have a chance to play one more game.”
Scott Clodfelter, South Head Coach, Beavercreek: “At the first practice some guys came in with Centerville jackets, and others had Fairmont shirts and Beavercreek shirts. We gave everyone a practice jersey that just said teamwork. There’s no more Elks, Beavers, Firebirds, etc…we’re now the South. There are no individuals here.”
Troy Gilmer, North DE, Wayne: “There’s not too much pressure. We’re just excited to get on the field and whip the South again.”
Brian Wagner, North LB, Springfield Catholic Central: “The caliber of competition is definitely up there. It’s a lot different than playing the D-VI schools we were playing. There’s some big boys over there.”
Jason Albertini, North QB, Vandalia-Butler: “I don’t think there’s any pressure. We just need to come out, do our thing and show that up north we breed a little better ballplayers.”
Sean Egler, North RB, Bellefontaine: “Coach (Brown) has reminded us quite a few times (about the tradition) because he doesn’t want to be the coach who leads us to a loss.”
It’s time for the South to rise again. South 21, North 14.