Football Season in Tuscarawas County Officially Begins
Football season in Tuscarawas County officially begins with the Times Reporter All Star Football Game. It's mood setter for Friday nights in the fall, and scratches that football itch fans get after the NFL draft. It is all so the last time some of the area's best will ever put on the pads again. Some will go play football at the next level and some have put other goals at a bigger priority for their future, it is especially meaningful for them.
Friday, July 19th at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium, will be the 42nd edition of the All-Star Game and the 20th year it will be sponsored by The Rainbow Connection, who alongside of the Times Reporter has raised in excess of $350,000 in charitable donations. It's these kind of efforts that make our community great in Tuscarawas County.
The West comes in leading the series 22 wins against 19 setbacks. Coaching for the West will be West Holmes head coach Zach Gardner, and for the East, it's Indian Valley's head man Matt Lancaster. The teams started practice Wednesday July 10th and practice every weekday until the game on the 19th. That's one of the best features of this game is that you don't get a bunch of guys thrown together who never played together. They participants get seven quality practices, which results in a more competitive and entertaining game.
The game features players from all nine Tuscarawas County schools and several other schools from surrounding counties. Spearheading all the Times Reporter hard work is Roger Metzger, sports editor at The Times Reporter who will be participating in his 33 Tuscarawas County All-Star Game.
Roger has a great team along side of him, as it is a total team effort from the staff at The Times Reporter. Employees outside of the sports department are very involved in making such a big event happen and flow smoothly on a year-to-year basis.
Staff at The Times Reporter attends all seven practices, does features on several players from each team, provides a pizza party after the last practice, and lets the guys keep their jerseys after the game. It doesn't have to be said that that's an expense , however because of the great charities around the community it allows The Times Reporter to be able to provide the best possible experience for the area's best players, at a reasonable cost.
Everybody loves offense in All-Star games, so both teams will be gunning to break the 2006 All-Star game record of 69 points scored combined. They combined for a total of 824 yards from scrimmage, also an All-Star game record.
Times Reporter encourages the community to come out and support the game, watch some good football, and have a good time on a warm Friday evening. Not only will you be supporting the 61 players, but you also will be supporting the Rainbow Connection who is a nonprofit organization that helps out the health needs of the disabled and disadvantaged, a very worthy cause!