Defense rules Northwest Ohio All-Star Football Game, Gold beats Black 7-0

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The Gold held the Black offense in check Friday at the Northwest Ohio Regional All-Star Game. (Photo by Scott Grau)

The 19th annual 2009 Regional All-Star Football Game was played at Toledo Whitmer High School on Friday. The event, which is hosted by the Perrysburg High School athletic boosters, showcases the top graduated seniors from high schools – large and small – throughout the northwest Ohio region. Did we mention defense dominated?


The 19th annual 2009 Regional All-Star Football Game was played at Toledo Whitmer High School on Friday night.  The event, which is hosted by the Perrysburg High School athletic boosters, showcases the top graduated seniors from high schools – large and small – throughout the northwest Ohio region. 

For the majority of the 77 players from 50 different schools that were invited to play in the game it will be the last time that they don shoulder pads and helmets and get to play under the lights on a Friday night.  Even the unseasonably cool weather made it feel like it was late Fall instead of mid-summer as family and friends sat watching the game adorned in sweatshirts of their respective teams. 

The all-star event, which is organized by the Perrysburg athletic boosters, was created to raise funds for the athletic programs at Perrysburg High School.  The game was moved to Whitmer High School because installation of the new artificial playing surface at Perrysburg’s Steinecker Stadium was not completed.

Both teams sported explosive offensive threats that gave promise to a potential high-scoring game, but it was defense that ruled as the Gold team defeated the Black team 7-0. 

The game’s only score came as University of Toledo-bound Eric Page of Holland Springfield High School connected with Bowling Green High School graduate Adam Crawford for a 14-yard pass into the corner of the end zone in the third quarter.  Skyler Roberts of Findlay High School kicked the extra point.

The Black squad, which featured four members from the 2008 state Division II champion Sylvania Southview High School team including quarterback Alex Pidcock and all-state wide receiver Shaun Joplin, who will both be playing for the Bowling Green State University Falcons this fall, were held in check throughout the game.  Their only real scoring opportunity was thwarted in second quarter as Pidcock was tackled for a loss on a fourth-and-goal play with the ball spotted at the two-yard line. 

Each year a guest speaker addresses the players to speak about football and life.  This year’s speaker was Ohio State University assistant football coach Dick Tressel, the older brother of the Buckeye’s head coach Jim Tressel.   Early in his coach career, Tressel was the varsity head football coach for Gibsonburg High School, which had two players represented on the Gold squad.

Next year the traditional mid-summer event will return Perrysburg’s Steinecker Stadium after a three-year hiatus due to on-going improvement projects culminating with the new playing surface.

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