When: 10:30 a.m. today.
Where: at John Cistone Field, Green Street Stadium, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
Theme: Some of the top seniors in Summit County will compete this morning, with proceeds going to charity.
Rosters for each team (in alphabetical order by school):
West Team: Archbishop Hoban: Jason Frimel, AJ Hale, Brian Kavcar, Jimmy Martter and Dominick Orsini. Barberton: Lance Anderson, Vern Lowe, Jerry Williams and Sean Woolridge. Buchtel: Erron Cosey, Marnayre Drummond, Tye Graves, Jibreel Hazly and Darnell Hubbard. Copley: Troy Brown, Jacob Calhoun, Larry Goodman and C.J. Hicks. Coventry: Tyler Butler, Dillon Headrick and Kane Smith. Cuyahoga Falls: Chris Harris, Joe Respasky and Luke Ritzinger. Firestone: Sam Allread, Kevin Gladney, Ja’Tice Shaw, Cameron Sheppard and Chris Strong. Kenmore: DeSean Ballinger, Deon’tae Moore, Michael Raines III and Nolan Shropshire. North: William Duhart and Jashawn Williams. Norton: Colton Costanzo, Cody Meade and Andy Simons. Revere: Joe D’Amico, Paul Gabel, Anthony Kelly, Jake Trotten and Roger Wolanski. Woodridge: Trevon Burgins, Tyler Freeman, Sean McCoy, John Reid and Hunter Niswander.
East Team: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy: Logan Jones. East: Da’Quinn Nash and Trey Turner. Ellet: Cory Campano and Corey Hoskinson. Garfield: Garland Brandon, Rayshaun Nevins, Dierre Powers and Devonte Stevenson. Green: Jake Albert, Ronnie Brant, Mark Dahlman, Christian DiLauro and Seth Wieland. Hudson: Leighton Antonio, Jason Idoine, Tim Kennedy, Ross McLelland, Donny Scheatzle and Danny Tiley. Nordonia: Tyler Alders, Ryan Bauer, Evan Dalzell, Brandon Hrelja, Victor Hudson, Kenyon Lee, Nick Rezek, Grant Shepherd and Mike Walters. Stow: Tyler DeVitis, Tim Licata and Tom McCartney. Tallmadge: Tony Anzaldi, Logan Banks, Sebastian Boggs, Bryon Cook, Anthony Gotto, Scott Noel, Daniel Ray, Zach Skraba and Jacob Wood. Western Reserve Academy: Johnny Saucier.
Coaches: Mike Miller of Cuyahoga Falls will guide the West Team and Mark Nori of Stow will lead the East Team.
Tickets: Can be purchased at the gate before kickoff for $5 with a canned food item.
Notebook: A donation to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will follow the game. The Native American Indian Cultural Center will also sponsor a canned food drive to feed families in need within the community. . . . A Most Valuable Player Award will be given to one player from each team at the end of the game, with the top East player receiving the Babe Flossie MVP Award and the top West player receiving the John Cistone MVP Award … Players from St. Vincent-St. Mary and Mogadore will not be playing because their teams are still playing in the OHSAA state playoffs. Players from Twinsburg and Walsh Jesuit elected to not play.
History: This is the third year in a row that Jacob Thompson and Jay Brophy Jr. have organized a Turkey Day game at St. V-M. Jay Brophy Sr., Greg Shook and Nick Shook are also involved in the planning of the game, which is approved by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and gives high school seniors one more game to demonstrate their skills to college recruiters. The origins of this game date back to Summit County’s first Thanksgiving Day game in 1942, when the Akron City Series Championship game was played at the Rubber Bowl. The game became a tradition within Summit County, annually drawing large crowds from 1948 to 1990 before it was stopped as a result of the expanding OHSAA state football playoff system.
— Michael Beaven