Pro Football Hall of Fame East-West All-Star Football Game in July

Pro Football Hall of Fame East-West All-Star Football Game in July


Pro Football Hall of Fame East-West All-Star Football Game in July

All-star high school football is returning to Stark County this summer. And two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class of 2020 will be on hand to welcome it back.

The first Pro Football Hall of Fame East-West All-Star Football Game — featuring some of the county’s top graduated seniors — is set for July 23.

The game will kick off at 7 pm, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Also, a pair of Pro Football Hall of Famers will be honorary coaches in the game — Donnie Shell (East) and Isaac Bruce (West).

The East-West game was contested annually from 1990-2019 and sponsored by The Canton Repository before being canceled the past two years because of COVID-19. Over the first 30 games in the series, the East and West each have won 15 times.

East's Khyree Woody of McKinley spins into the end zone during the first half of the 30th annual Repository East-West All-Star Football Game at GlenOak, July 20, 2019.

The head coaches for the game will be Sandy Valley’s Brian Gamble for the East and Green’s Mark Geis for the West. They each guided their teams to the state playoffs a year ago, with Geis’ Green Bulldogs reaching a Division II state semifinal where he lost to eventual champion Winton Woods.

Two other area head coaches who guided their teams to the playoffs last fall will be assistant coaches in the game — Brian Baum of Hoover (East) and AJ Sarbaugh of Fairless (West). Rounding out the coaching staffs will be Tim Goodman of Alliance and Brian Reidenbach of Sandy Valley for the East, and Eric Brock of Fairless and Ryan Murphy of Green for the West.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.