Six recent graduates representing Saucon Valley High School’s Class of 2017 will strap on their high school helmets one last time as they compete in the 47th annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic. Stephen Good, Kory Kemmerer, Nate Kehs, Ryan Meyers, Trey Polak, and Cody Zrinski will all suit up for the “Gold” team as they battle the “Red” team in Thursday night’s clash at Nazareth’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The “Gold” team consists of high school football All-Stars from Northampton County, along with players from Palisades and Phillipsburg high schools. The “Red” team is made up of players from Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe counties. Both teams’ rosters can be seen by clicking here.
The boys have been practicing since June 5 to get ready for Thursday night’s game. Their preparations included an intra-squad scrimmage last Saturday to knock off some of the football rust and help get the players into game shape.
“We came into this as rivals, but now we’re all friends”, said Kory Kemmerer when asked about playing with those that he has often competed against. “There was a little tension and trash-talking with some of the Notre Dame players, but we’re all on the same team now and we all want to go out and get a win.”
With offense-friendly rules designed to entertain and promote scoring, the Gold held off the Red in a 65-62 slugfest last year. The defense is prohibited from any type of blitzing and required to play only man-to-man coverage. This All-Star game is known for big-play fireworks and a whole lot of scoring.
Asked to divulge some of the Gold playbook, Kemmerer said, “I can’t give it all away, but it is based on Bethlehem Catholic’s “spread” offense.” Pressed about any trickery that spectators may see Kemmerer laughed and offered, “You just might see some double or triple reverses.” The Gold team is coached by BECAHI’s Kyle Haas while the Red team is being coached by Pleasant Valley’s Mark Versuk.
With temperatures forecast in the low 70’s and mostly cloudy at game time, it should be an absolutely beautiful night to take in an outdoor sporting event. Tickets are $5 at the gate and all proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald Charities. If you can’t make it, RCN will be televising the game on tape delay at 10 p.m. on Thursday night.
Good Luck Panthers, the Source is with you!