For All-Stars, one last game under the Friday night lights

It’s one of the best parts about the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s Pigskin Classic, an all-star game for just-graduated seniors.

As they stood outside the South locker room prior to Friday night’s kickoff, Carlisle’s Reece Human and Caleb Boy — no slouches themselves on the football field — discussed who wowed them during the 10 practices leading up to the game.

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“Where’s Keyshawn (Jones) from?” Human asked.

“Dunbar,” answered Boy.

“He’s fast. Really fast. And he’s pretty shifty too so that will be fun to see,” said Human, smiling. “It’s nice to meet guys from different schools and go play for them. You get to play with bigger schools and smaller schools across all divisions, too. That’s pretty cool.”

As for Human and Boy, they left an impression on the Southwestern Buckeye League by helping the Indians win the Buckeye Division at 6-0 and reach the playoffs with an 8-3 record overall.

“It’s been a cool experience,” Boy said. “I got to meet a lot of guys I wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for this game. I got to interact with some smart coaches who know a lot about the game and learn from them. It’s been a positive experience for me.”

The MVFCA All-Star Game is in its 34 th season and has raised $93,000 in college scholarships during that span. More than 122,352 fans have attended the previous 33 games. Another good crowd was on hand Friday for the South’s 23-14 victory. The win was South’s first since 2013. The teams tied in 2015.

Human and Boy have known each other since first grade and have played football, baseball and wrestled together. They go their separate football ways now.

Boy, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker, will play at Marietta College. Human, a 6-3, 245-pound offensive lineman, will play at Walsh.

Edgewood’s Devon Garrett, Franklin’s Wyatt Hillard, Fairfield’s Jerrod McGuire and Monroe’s Dakota Fannin were also on the South roster.

Hillard attended Carlisle before transferring to Franklin. While they were rivals on the football field, they enjoyed joining forces for the all-star game.

“That’s definitely a cool thing,” Boy said. “Obviously we’re pretty fierce rivals with Franklin and to team up with them and play on the same side for once, that’s pretty cool. We get people we’re going to college with and get to meet them, just overall a neat experience.”

When asked what he’ll miss most about Friday night football, Human said: “The thing I’ll miss about high school football is the people. I know everybody on the team and we’ve grown up together. That’s not going to be the case in college, obviously.”

With the chance to play one final high school football game and represent Carlisle a final time, there was no hesitation even with the grueling schedule of 10 practices at the beginning of what should be summer break.

“It is kind of challenging but when you get this one last opportunity to play, to represent your high school one more time,” Boy said. “We’ve worked it out and our coaches have been great about gelling us together. … There’s nothing like those Friday night lights. Playing on Saturday is going to be cool, but there’s something sacred about Friday night.”

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