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Written by: Billy Splain on Monday, February 22nd, 2021
In 2021, a new era will be ushered in. For the first time ever there will be TWO East-West All Star games. They’ll be played Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 30, at Landis Field (Central Dauphin School District) in Harrisburg. and the games are split among classifications. They will be played in conjunction with the Big 33 game. The first game will be held at noon and will feature players from 1A thru 3A classifications. The Second game starts at 5pm and will feature players from 4A through 6A.
The rosters for the Big 33 game were released last week. http://pafootballnews.com/allstars/2021-big-33-team-pa/ Today at noon the rosters for the 1-3A teams will be released and at 2pm they will release the rosters for the 4-6A game.
How the Teams are chosen:
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The first game was held in June of 2001 at Mansion Park in Altoona, after members of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) approached the Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau to help organize and produce a sister game to the Big 33 Game. The Big 33 Game features the top players in the state against players from Maryland. Unfortunately only 34 players can be selected to represent Pennsylvania, and in a state with a rich football tradition many quality players are left out. Thus, the PSFCA East West All Star Game was conceived giving the honor to play in a statewide, prestigious all star game to 68 more players.
The players selected to play in the game truly represent some of the finest football talent in Pennsylvania. Past player have gone on to play for college powerhouse teams such as Penn State, University of Maryland, Toledo, Ohio State, Pitt, Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Cornell University, U. S. Naval Academy and University of Michigan. The game has also been a showcase for Ivy League athletes, with players going on to Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Yale. Our first class of alumni was eligible for the NFL draft in April of 2005 and several have begun their professional careers with the NFL.
Currently the East holds the advantage for wins 10-8. Clearly the stage has been set for rivalry that’s sure to continue to grow. As the rivalry grows so does game attendance and recognition. More than 50,000 people have traveled to Altoona, Gateway, Franklin Regional and Downingtown to watch these future college and NFL players in a classic rivalry. The Game had been aired on PCN, Root Sports, Fox Sports and PAFootballNews.com
The PSFCA thought it was a necessity to get this game going again, so after a year hiatus, the PSFCA with the help of many other sponsors brought the East West All Star Game back. The game was played in Western PA (Cupples Stadium-2016) and in Eastern PA (Downingtown-2015). The game returned to Altoona’s Mansion Park and has been played there until this year. The game was not played in 2011 due to lack of sponsorship and a variety of other issues and in 2020 the game was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Both game will be live streamed by PAFootballNews.com.
Past Game Scores (Series = East 10 West 8)
2001 East 31 West 3 2010 East 33 West 7 2019 West 41 East 35
2002 East 31 West 17 2011 No Game 2020 No Game
2003 West 14 East 10 2012 West 45 East 24
2004 East 39 West 13 2013 East 47 West 28
2005 East 24 West 7 2014 East 35 West 25
2006 East 20 West 14 2015 West 21 East 19
2007 West 24 East14 2016 East 20 West 19
2008 West 10 East 0 2017 West 17 East 14
2009 East 37 West 22 2018 West 28 East 25
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