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Prep football: Michigan-Ohio all-star game to start in 2014


1:00 AM, Jul. 16, 2013 EDT

The first Michigan-Ohio all-star football game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on June 14, 2014, at Donnell Stadium in Findlay, Ohio.

The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association ironed out the details Monday afternoon in Findlay.

Both sides will field 40-man rosters. Ohio will announce its team Feb. 8 and Michigan on Feb. 15. Both sides hoped the early June date would allow the top Division 1 players to participate before going off to college.

Coaches will be named by Dec. 6.

"The name of the game is the Ohio-Michigan High School Football Border Classic," said James Sparks, head coach at Clawson High School and regional representative for the MHSFCA.

"We will play at that venue for at least this year. Depending on the NCAA ruling if they allow us to play at a D-I school, we could move it. We've only negotiated for one year at Findlay."

A site for the 2015 game in Michigan has yet to be determined.

Kenton (Ohio) High School coach Mike Mauk, treasurer and former president of the OHSFCA, said once the Pennsylvania-Ohio game ended after last summer, the state immediately turned to Michigan for a potential all-star game.

"I think it'll have a Big Ten flavor," Mauk said. "A lot of the guys who play in the game will be playing Division I football. They are two great states with great high school football tradition. It's a chance for us to showcase players and coaches from both states. We expect to have the best high school players from our football programs."

Donnell Stadium is a municipal facility where the University of Findlay plays its games.

Visions of having the game at Ohio Stadium, Michigan Stadium or Spartan Stadium are on hold until the NCAA allows a Division I facility to be used.

"It's in Ohio first because they approached us about it first," Sparks said.

Regular all-star game rules will come into play with no blitzing of the quarterback.

"The goal is to have all players play half the game," Sparks said. "We're trying to develop a good sportsmanship and atmosphere between the two states with an overriding goal to highlight the high school football in both states and have a great event for the kids."

 

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