East-West All Star Game
Game History: 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.
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.
Pennsylvania Bowl: 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 Comeback: 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.
Below is a list of the eighteen Neshaminy players who have suited up for the East-West Game starting with Steve Brett, Jay Collins and Keith Ennis in 2002 right on through to John Hutchinson in 2021. They are identified by the year they played, their position and college attended — and needless to say, they have all played for the East squad. Note – the year designates the year the game was played and the year of graduation.
Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association
EAST-WEST ALL- STAR REDSKINS
|Boniface JR Stevens
|University of New Hampshire