Ellwood City will have a fine showing at this year’s Penn-Ohio All-Star Football Classic on Friday at Springfield High School in New Middletown, Oh. at 7:30 p.m.
The Wolverines head coach Don Phillips was named coach of Team Pennsylvania, and two of his players from the 2011 season will be with him - tailback Kyle Crawford and lineman Gregg Williams.
Coaching on this stage is nothing new to Phillips. In fact, Phillips led Team Pennsylvania to a 20-9 win in 1990 and a 17-13 victory in 2001.
The Penn-Ohio All-Star Football Classic takes some of the best western Pa. football players and puts them on a field against some of the best eastern Oh. players. The Pennsylvanians have dominated the classic, leading 23-9 all-time over Ohio.
Coach Phillips will have all-star players from schools throughout the WPIAL, including Crawford and Williams.
Crawford is looking forward to playing at the Division II level at Mercyhurst this coming fall. He had an outstanding season, running for more than 1,070 yards and scoring a total of 22 touchdowns, ranking him fifth in the WPIAL Class AA.
Williams was a two-way player for the Wolverines during his senior year, but played a huge role on offense for Ellwood City. It was the strong play of Williams that helped propel the Wolverines to the playoffs in the 2011 season.
Phillips and the rest of his team have been practicing at Blackhawk High School in preparation for Friday night’s game, and Phillips is hoping to make this his third Penn-Ohio victory.
Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance for $7 at the Lincoln High School office and $8 at the gate the night of the game.