The annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis West Virginia-Ohio All-Star Football Classic is slated for June 5 at Bill Hanlin Stadium in St. Marys.
Game officials are hoping a break with COVID-19 is coming and the game will be a go.
For now, both coaching staffs are gearing up for the showdown pitting some of the top players from the region in the two states against each other.
Roane County High School’s Paul Burdette and his coaching staff will lead the West Virginia team.
This will mark Burdette’s second time as head coach in the BACF event.
Four players planning to suit up for the West Virginians are running back/linebacker Wayne Stephenson, lineman Zach Graham, lineman Nikki Nicholson, and kicker Tanner Snodgrass.
All were senior standouts in 2019 for head coach Eric Hupp’s Red Devils.
Three other former Red Devil who excelled this past season – running back/linebacker Jacob Anthony, quarterback/wide receiver/defensive back Jaycob Creel and running back/linebacker Chase Hood – were extended offers to play for the West Virginia squad but have chosen not to play.
Anthony is scheduled to be a member of the South team in the upcoming Friday Night Rivals North-South All-Star Football Classic, which is set for June 13 in South Charleston.
Burdette will be entering his 10th season at Roane County’s head coach this coming season.
The Ohio team will be guided by Frontier’s Greg Morris, who has been the leader of the school’s football program for 14 years.