By Ryan Buck
Ohio and Pennsylvania share a longstanding and heated rivalry on the football field.
The tradition will continue tonight with the 34th annual Quad-County Coaches Association Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.
Southern Local coach Mike Skrinjar and the Indians’ staff, after three consecutive winning seasons, will lead the Ohio squad.
Skrinjar has 36 of the area’s most talented recently graduated players, all nominated to play in the contest by the Quad-County Football Coaches, at his disposal.
“It’s your dream team. They’re the elite in the area,” said Skrinjar, entering his fourth season as Southern Local’s head coach. “You can’t get better guys with better attitudes.
“Some of these guys will continue on in college, but for others it’s their last game. They’re passionate about the game and anxious to get out there regardless.”
Four members of Division V Regional Semi-finalist Crestview will make appearances, including record-setting running back Nick Blower.
Former Poland standouts Alex Hubbell, Anthony Marchionda, and Mike Turnbull will also suit up for the Ohio All-Stars.
Skrinjar, coaching his first high school all-star game, wanted to see his team come together quickly. As last week wore on, he grew more and more confident.
“Whichever team gets more thoughout the week usually is usually more successful,” Skrinjak said. “At the end of practice, where guys are out there destroying each other all week, they’ve come together as a team. To me, that’s all character and competitive nature can gel a team.”
The Pennsylvania side, coached by Ryan Mayo of Shenango, was chosen by the Midwestern Athletic Coaches Association.
Player introductions will begin at 7 p.m. with kickoff scheduled at 7:30.