Western Pa. players to participate in all-star football game
For many high school football players, the final game of their senior season is the last time they will strap on the pads and represent their team on the gridiron.
However, six area players will have the opportunity to play for their school one final time as part of the annual BeeGraphix Football Classic, which will be held 7 p.m. Saturday at Waynesburg High School.
The game is an invitational event sponsored by the Tri-County Football Coaches Association. Players from teams in Fayette, Westmoreland, Allegheny, Greene and Washington counties will be represented.
Frazier players selected to compete for the North Squad are Nate Zurich (LB), Todd Pellick (OL/DL) and Timothy Carson (WR/DB). The North squad will be coached by Frazier coach Mike Steeber.
Steeber is thrilled to have three of his players competing.
“They were all team leaders as seniors, which was good for us because we were a very young team overall,” Steeber said.
During his senior season, Carson led the Commodores with 23 receptions for 425 yards and seven touchdowns. He also was a ball-hawking linebacker that made four interceptions, which also led Frazier.
Zurich finished with seven catches for 230 yards and five touchdowns. While Carson and Zurich had the statistics, Pellick was chosen primarily for his size and ability to play well in the trenches. Pellick (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) is looking forward to the competition.
“I think that it’s really an honor because I get to play one last time because I won’t be playing in college,” Pellick said, noting that he will continue his education at Westmoreland County Community College. “I was surprised (to be selected). I’m looking forward to just getting to play one more game.”
Carson and Zurich are undecided on their future plans.
The North Squad is holding daily practices at Charleroi High School in preparation for the game.
The South Squad is practicing at California High School, with Laurel Highlands coach Zack Just leading the team.
“It’s fun and exciting,” Just said.
Just, like Steeber, is also working with some familiar faces. The Mustangs’ James Isler (TE), Tyler Slavic (C) and Chance Burchick (OL/DL) will play.
“All three boys were four-year guys for me and they are a part of a group of 10 guys that stuck it out with me all four years,” Just said. “Each of them are hard workers and great representatives of our team both on and off the field. None of the three was some kind of dominant football player, but they all worked hard and they improved.”
Isler will continue his education at West Virginia University. Burchick will attend Washington & Jefferson. Slavic’s future plans are undecided.
Tickets for the game can be purchased at the gate, and according to Cody Haiden, coordinator for the BeeGraphix Football Classic, the game should feature plenty of skill.
“Any time you can put together a group of athletes that were the best on their teams, it’s a good thing,” Haiden said.
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. Reach him at [email protected].