The North-South All-Star Football Classic is a game that most high school football players only dream of, but one local senior is having that dream come true.
Ripley Viking senior Andrew Dolin is one of 72 top senior football players chosen from the 2018 West Virginia high school football season to participate in this elite game taking place at noon on Saturday, June 8 at South Charleston High School’s Black Eagle Stadium.
Dolin, the 18 year-old son of Dale Dolin and Susan Braley, has been playing Viking football since he was in fifth grade. He has been awarded second team All-State and was voted Ripley High School’s Lineman of the Year two years in a row.
Dolin was selected for the game based on his abilities and recommendation by Ripley’s head football coach Ed Smolder Junior.
“Andrew is a great kid number one,” Smolder said. “He is tough, smart, disciplined, hard-working, and very coachable. He is a very good player and helped his team turn our football program around. I’m proud of him for being selected for the North/South game.”
Dolin said he appreciates Smolder and his mother for all they have done for him and his football career.
“I want to thank coach Smolder for helping me with football and my mom for never missing a game since I started playing, which is pretty big,” Dolin said.
He plans to attend college and continue playing football, but for now he is just living in the excitement of the moment and can’t wait to take the field as part of the South Cardinals who will be coached by David Moneypenny of Fayetteville High School.
“I’ve wanted to play in this game for three years, since I was a freshman,” Dolin said. “I just love football.”
Watch the game live on WCHS-TV with Mark Martin.