Gamers to see on the East-West All-Star Soccer Video games on Sunday
Memorial Day weekend is more than grilling hot dogs and finally opening up the backyard pool. There is a little soccer to play.
Two East-West All-Star Games will be played on Sunday at Central Dauphin’s Landis Field, where some of the best in the state will compete at noon and 5 p.m.
This year the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association added a small school version for grades 1 through 3 players. Kick-off is noon. The big school version for selected players in grades 4 to 6 starts at 5 p.m.
You can buy tickets for both East-West games as well as tickets for the Big 33 Classic on Monday here.
East-west players in mind
Small school (noon)
Ryan Stahl, DB, Halifax: Stahl completed an all-state senior season for the Wildcats who attended the 2020 Mid-Penn Conference. Stahl’s size and speed helped him fill three different positions (FS, CB, LB) last season. a 6-2,185 pounder collected 72 tackles and forced five fumbles. Stahl could also be used as a returnee on Sunday.
Bilal Weidler, WR, Susquehanna Township: Although the 5-10, 170-pound Weidler will report to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a cornerback recruit, he played for the Indians on both sides of the ball. Weidler is fighting ultra-fast for the ball and should give East QB Bryce Herb a terrific downfield target.
Odell Greene, RB, Steel-High: Greene, a key figure in Steel-High’s hike to the PIAA 1A championship in November, will be part of the East Backfield for Sunday’s small school event. On the way to Milford Academy, the 5-11, 195-pounder stormed for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns in its final season.
Big school (5 p.m.)
Zach Mowchan, LB, Northern: Despite being disabled with an ankle injury towards the end of the 2020 season, Mowchan has done a lot of damage as the undeniable leader in defense. The eastern Michigan recruit was tenacious in the pursuit, racking up 86 tackles, including 12 for losses, in a shortened season. The 6-2, 220 pounder also picked up a pair of passports. Mowchan is part of the Western squad.
Sean McTaggart, QB, Lampeter-Strasburg: If you’re looking for a highly skilled, courageous QB, McTaggart is the place for you. McTaggart worked his way back from a devastating knee injury, throwing 1,865 yards and the league’s top 27 touchdowns to lead the Pioneers to the Class 4A semifinals. He is also a double threat as he scores 400 yards and 8 scores for the reigning District 3 champions. McTaggart was also named 4A Player of the Year.
Jayden Jones, RB, Chambersburg: Jones, who also works for the Big School West contingent, will get another chance to shine on the prep phase before going to Shippensburg U. He’s got a solid 454 yards and 5 touchdowns in just six games, plus 16 receptions for 111 yards. Jones should play on the defensive in Shippensburg.
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