TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Wabash football All Stars are getting ready for Saturday night’s kickoff. The Gold team has several Northview Knights like Trey Shaw, Trevor Cook and M.J. Shelton. Cook says he was thrilled to find out he would be playing in the game. “I was definitely pretty excited I’ve been coming to this game since I was in middle school watching these guys play yeah I was really looking forward to this game,” he said.
Linton’s Ben Burris shared a similar sentiment. “I like it don’t get me wrong I love playing with Linton but it’s not the best of the best you know we’ve got a lot of good talent there but this is the best of the best and I’m loving it,” Burris said.
Another teammate for them is Derek Foncannon who enjoyed a run to the state title game with North Vermillion. Here’s what he says is a favorite memory from the season. “Favorite memory would have to be just being with my friends teammates and family at state that was awesome best day it didn’t end the way we wanted it to but just to be able to be there as a family and a group was good,” he said.
Across the sidelines the Black team is coached by Jeremy Clodfelder from Paris. He’ll have quarterback Caleb Gates and Cloverdale’s Jake Wilkes among others. They say the game can help when going through emotional moments.
“Junior year playing Owen Valley it was three days after my dad passed and I was a wide receiver and they put me as a wing very first play out of the whole season they threw me the ball I ran a 50 yard touchdown it was really emotional it was great and it was my favorite season my junior year because those were all my best friends,” Wilkes said.
“I mean I was excited you know it was tough losing our playoff game so I wanted to come out and have a win to end it all so I think that would be fun,” Gates added.
Meanwhile coach Clodfelder is coming off a successful season at Paris where the Tigers made it back to the playoffs. The significance of this game is not lost on him.” “Kids get to play football and some of them for the last time ever in organized football some of them will go on to the next level and play but for those guys that don’t ever get to play after this it’s a special moment for them Illinois kids have seen Indiana kids on the news and vice versa those guys get a chance to come together and play one time and it’s a unique special deal,” said Clodfelder. The kickoff for the All Star Game is Saturday at 7:30 pm at Indiana State’s Memorial Stadium.