ROYERSFORD - The second annual big showcase of Pioneer Athletic Conference football talent is just a few weeks away.
It is called the PAC-10 Senior Bowl game and features top senior players from around the circuit playing with and against teammates and foes they saw action on the field with last fall.
The contest will be played Sunday afternoon, June 2, at Spring-Ford High School’s Coach McNelly Stadium at 3 p.m.
Pottstown head coach Brett Myers will direct Team Freedom while Perkiomen Valley head coach Scott Reed will guide Team Liberty.
A draft was held to select players from all schools in the league to represent the two sides.
A kickoff picnic was held Thursday night, May 16, at the Royersford VFW pavilion.
The game promotes offense, and both teams have a number of skill players who will be on display and should move the football offensively.
Team Freedom has quarterback Hank Coyne from Spring-Ford, who helped lead the Rams to the District 1-AAAA finals; as well as Myers’ own Trojan quarterback, Sage Reinhart, a percentage left-hander who helped put Pottstown back in the mix the last several years.
Team Liberty will counter with Pottsgrove’s Tory Hudgins, Methacton’s Brandon Bossard and Phoenixville’s Chris Demey to throw and run the pigskin.
There will also be plenty of receivers to catch the ball. For Freedom there are the likes of Pottstown’s Antonio Moore and Pope John Paul II’s Jamel Stinson.
Liberty will counter with Owen J. Roberts’ Will Bradford, Methacton’s Cooper Given, Perkiomen Valley’s Davon Mitchell and Phoenixville’s Sean Hesser.
There are also people to run it with the Freedom boasting Pottsgrove’s Mark Dukes and Pottstown’s Monroe Hampton and Liberty countering with Phoenixville’s Ryan Yenchick, Spring-Ford’s Yousef Lundi, Boyertown’s Matt Moccia and Methacton’s Josh Meck in the picture.
“This is just an exciting time,” said Reed. “We are able to showcase our kids in the PAC-10. That is the focus of the game. Seniors are able to play other kids from the league in their last game, and hopefully they let a good brand of football shine through.”
There will also be talented linemen and defensive players doing combat on the field.
“There are some good corners who are outstanding athletes,” said Reed. “Hopefully, it will be an entertaining game. That’s what it is about. A lot of kids are right there and make it fun to watch and entertaining.”
Myers also likes the purpose of the game.
“For our kids, this is like there last chance to play high school football,” said Myers. “The rules and format are for offense. We are hoping for crowds and it’s exciting for them.
“Some of these guys play against each other during the season. Now they have the opportunity to play with each other. That’s an exciting thing for them. The rules are set up for offense.”
The coaches will try to use the personnel at hand in the best way possible.
“It will be fun,” said Myers. “You get to do certain things offensively and defensively. It is the kids’ last PAC-10 game in front of the fans.”
Yenchick is anxious for his last high school game at running back before he pursues a collegiate career as a running back at Salisbury University in Maryland.
“I am pretty excited about tht,” said Yenchick. “I have to get ready for college as a slotback.”
This year’s chosen players talked to last year’s crop and got a feel for what it is like.
“They said it was a lot of fun,” said Yenchick. “Not only is it your last high school football game, but you get to meet new kids from all of the other schools.”
Hesser is also anxious to be part of one last scholastic football encounter.
“I am pretty excited,” said Hesser. “You get out there on the field one last time.”
Hesser will be attending college at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Campus, where he may pursue club lacrosse.
The idea of playing against players from your own school is unique.
“It’s going to be very different,” said Hesser. “There are only a few of my teammates on my team. I’ve gotten to make new friends. It is a new team, and hopefully we will get a nice win.”