When the high school football City All-Star Game rolls through town, there are no shortages of things to play for.
They don’t award championships for winning on Thanksgiving. But for the Archbishop Ryan and George Washington football teams, victory in their annual Far Northeast showdown would be a welcome, yet bittersweet consolation prize.
To say that Chris Schlegel is a perfectionist might be putting it mildly.
Rasheed Black and Hassan Brockman have been playing organized football since they were 8 and 6 years old, respectively. In fact, growing up as youngsters playing Pop Warner football in Philadelphia, Black and Brockman often saw each other on the gridiron.
Here's a look at the other five area football teams on the eve of the 2013 season.
"There's always butterflies. It's an exciting time. I guess the day you don't get excited, it's telling you something." — Washington head coach Ron Cohen on his nerves before season-opening games.