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East Bay Football Stars to Take on Sacramento's Best at Monte Vista

The annual Holiday Classic all star football game will feature some of the area's top high school football players.

Some of the best football players from Northern California will take to the gridiron for one last high school football game on Friday in the 2011 Holiday Classic.

The annual all-star game pits a team of the East Bay's best seniors against a team made up of Sacramento’s best. It will take place at at 7 p.m.

Monte Vista coach Craig Bergman will coach the East Bay team along with some of his assistants and other coaches from the area including former coach , who is now the athletic director at Cal High.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and is free for kids 5-and-under.

“We’re a little scared and we’re very excited to see if the East Bay fans can fill the place like they do in Sacramento,” said Matt Williams, the game’s executive director. “If we get a good turnout, the game will rotate between the East Bay and Sacramento every year. 

It had previously been held at Grant High in Sacramento.

Some notable players in the Friday’s game include standout running back Demariay Drew, Cal receiver Armani Washington, Monte Vista receiver Dan Scritchfield and linebacker Andrew Ve’e. 

The East Bay team’s quarterbacks are Eddie Heard of Oakland’s McClymonds High and Cal’s Kevin Farley.

During halftime, there will be a performance from Tora Woloshin, of X-Factor fame, who flew in from Arizona to sing.

“I’m a big X-Factor fan and thought, ‘I wonder if we could get her to perform,’” Williams said.

Sure enough, Williams was able to track her down to perform.

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Wolf Mom December 23, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Can't wait to see a few of our WOLVES play one more time! A great finish to a great season.
Susan Lewis January 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Unfortunely the only player ever asked to play from Amador Valley was not able to participate because Pleasanton Unified was still in school the week of the practices and game.
Westsider January 17, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Ms. Lewis, Although several East Bay districts were still in school the week before Christmas break (game date was Friday 12-23-11), the game organizers accomodated that issue by having the (only) four practices Monday through Thursday of game week begin at 4:00 p.m. at Monte Vista. Thus, players would not have to leave school early and miss any classes. Even so, it's possible some of the Oakland/Southern Alameda County area/West Contra Costa players had to rush to get there at 4.The game was scheduled just like any other Friday night varsity game, at 7:00 p.m. AVHS finals are not until this week so that couldn't have been an issue. Unfortunately, it has to be played as closely before the holidays and planned vacations but as soon as all the football playoffs end so players are in "game shape" to reduce risk of injuries. These all-star games ARE hard hitting as they include most of the best players from the two areas.

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