Preview: Southwest Ohio East-West All-Star Football Game returns Friday at Princeton
The Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association is hosting its annual East vs. West All-Star Game, presented by Mercy Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, this Friday, June 10, on Pat Mancuso Field at Princeton High School.
The all-star game features the top seniors from Southwest Ohio high schools that comprise the conference. SWOFCA will also take this time to award scholarships to deserving athletes from the high schools.
Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the gate, cash only. There will be no tickets sold in advance and no acceptance of credit or debit cards.
There will be 83 total athletes competing from 58 of the Greater Cincinnati area schools.
There is only one quarterback on the East team: Luca Aquilino of Loveland. The Tigers went 2-10 during their 2021 season, only capturing wins against West Clermont and Walnut Hills in early September and October.
Aquilino recorded 166 passing completions off 279 attempts for a total of 2,609 yards. Rushing, his longest run was 72 yards and he recorded nine touchdowns as a senior, only three fumbles.
Aquilino and the rest of the East team will be coached by Nick Osborne of Western Brown, associate head coach D.J. Dowdy of Purcell Marian and four assistant coaches: Devin Bradley of Anderson, Barak Faulk of Mason, Arryn Chenault of Norwood and Adam Kieft of Turpin.
There are two quarterbacks on the West team: Cam Cope of La Salle and Kevin Oliver of St. Bernard. The Lancers went 7-5 during their 2021 season, while the Titans went 3-6.
Cope recorded 47 passing completions off 108 attempts for a total of 677 yards. Rushing, his longest run was 85 yards and he recorded eight touchdowns as a senior, only two fumbles.
Oliver recorded 49 passing completions off 118 attempts for a total of 724 yards. Rushing, his longest run was 40 yards and he recorded three touchdowns as a senior, only one fumble. Oliver was also named to the Miami Valley Conference All-League First Team.
Cope, Oliver and the rest of the West team will be coached by Chad Murphy of Winton Woods, associate head coach Scott Clemmons of Edgewood and four assistant coaches: Gary Clemmons of Edgewood, Koury Johnson of Hughes, Kyle Hogan of St. Bernard and Spencer Kummer of Winton Woods.
Here are the full team rosters, subject to change.
Anderson: Evan Upchurch, Noah Merkel
Batavia: Kyler Myers, Josh Manz
Bethel-Tate: Blake Stiles, Ashton Wolfe, Normal Darnell Jr.
Blanchester: Adam Frump
Cincinnati Country Day: Ashton Snell
Clermont Northeastern: Jacob Groeber
Franklin: Ethan Adkins
Kings: R.J. Jackson, Andy Bauman
Lebanon: Zane Duning
Little Miami: Lucas Swierk
Loveland: Bailey Jackson, Luca Aquilino, Sawyer Bowin
Mason: Michael Molnar
McNicholas: Isaiah Helphinstine, Jack Suttles, Bobby Diana
Milford: Nick Klenk
Moeller: Josh Ries, Donnie Lewis
MVCA: Caleb Theisens
New Richmond: Tyler Sininger, Bo Snider
Princeton: Anas Luqman
Purcell Marian: Jaden Irvin, Jack Mumper
Summit Country Day: Jack Hargis
Sycamore: Jacob Tueimeh
Turpin: Ryan McDole, Jack Plattner
West Clermont: Marcus Johnson
Western Brown: Logan Campbell, Dylan Novak, Cam Weil
Williamsburg: Trent Bocks
Wilmington: Brett Brooks
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Aiken: Don'yae Freeman, Anthony Mason Jr.
Badin: Todd "T.J." Hayes, Hunter Harrison
CCPA: Malachi Wallington
Clark Montessori: Terrance Malone
Edgewood: Caden Flick, Radical Rothermel
Elder: David Maurer
Fairfield: Christian Jackson
Gamble Montessori: Jalen Fairbanks, Devontae Underwood
Goshen: Logan Lovins
Harrison: Zach Halusek
Hughes: Keyontrez Devaughn, Keshawn Barber
Lakota West: Cameron Goode
LaSalle: Cam Cope, Jack Fries
Lockland: Tyler Willis
Middletown: Daelon Moore-Simpson, John "J.C." Calhoun
Monroe: Chris Reber
Mt. Healthy: Mouhamed Seck, Isaiah Daniels
North College Hill: Syncere Dubose
Northwest: Kenyon Smith
Ross: Landon Herrmann
Shroder Padeia: Jacob Harrison
St. Bernard: Kevin Oliver, Jasen Carroll, Santinos Underwood
St. Xavier: Marquee Cummings
Taft: Ke'yandre Larry
Taylor: Seth Keith
Western Hills: Ibrahim Sidibe
Winton Woods: Jeremiah Anderson, Derrick Lawson, Tyrek Spikes, Damarion Stone
Woodward: Rory Canady
Wyoming: Max Wilking