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By David DiPasqua, Jr.

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA – This year marks the 15th Annual PSFCA East-West All-Star game, which is set to take place on Sunday, May 1st, at Cupples Stadium on the south side of Pittsburgh at 1 p.m.

Marple Newtown’s Abel Hoff will represent the Tigers as well as the Central Athletic League on the East roster.

The Shippensburg commit is a two-time All Delco selection, breaking several county records, school records, and propelling the Tigers to their first District One Class AAA victory in program history.

Additionally, Hoff was a 2015-16 Pennsylvania Mini Maxwell Award winner. Players are evaluated for this honor based on football performance, academics, and community service.

As a junior, Hoff recorded 70 receptions to set a single-season Delaware County record. The previous record was held by Ridley product, Devon Preston since 1990.

In his senior campaign, Hoff broke the county record once again by registering 72 catches for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hoff secured second place all-time with 150 carer receptions in the county, while also ranking fifth with a career 2,099 receiving yards.

Hoff is the first Tiger to participate in the game since Cimirrow Moat back in 2012.

Below is a brief history of the East-West game, by’s David Minka.

Game History
The first game was held at Mansion Park in Altoona in June of 2001, after members of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) approached the Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau to help organize and produce a sister game to the Big 33 Game. The Big 33 Game features the top players in the state against players from Ohio. Unfortunately only 34 players can be selected to represent Pennsylvania, and in a state with a rich football tradition many quality players are left out. Thus, the PSFCA East West All Star Game was conceived giving the honor to play in a statewide, prestigious all star game to 68 more players.

The players selected to play in the game truly represent some of the finest football talent in Pennsylvania. Past player have gone on to play for college powerhouse teams such as Penn State, University of Maryland, Ohio State, Pitt, Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Cornell University, U. S. Naval Academy and University of Michigan. The game has also been a showcase for Ivy League athletes, with players going on to Princeton and Yale. Our first class of alumni was eligible for the NFL draft in April of 2005 and several have begun their professional careers with the NFL.


QB Michael Shuster Camp Hill
QB Brett Laffoon Penn Trafford
RB Ronnie Jones Pittsburgh CC
RB Terence Stephens West Allegheny
OL Shane Scott Cathedral Prep
OL Tearl Gray Woodland Hills
OL Andre Guest Penn Trafford
OL Mark Weakland State College
OL Ryan Jelinek North Allegheny
OL Nick Sweitzer Belle Vernon Area High School
OL Brian Fleming Central Valley
WR Jaymond Dunn Woodland Hills
WR Jerah Reeves Williamsport
WR Ta’Nauz Gregory Cathedral Prep
WR Trey-Earl Edwards Steel Valley
ATH Therran Coleman Brashear
TE Todd Summers Franklin Regional
DL Jake Buccigrossi North Hills
DL Mac Chambers Trinity HS
DL Khalid Blount Washington
DE Matt Hampson Pine-Richland
DE John Arnold Charleroi
DE Jaasen Alston Penn Hills
LB Adam Staudt Thomas Jefferson
LB Ron George Pittsburgh CC
LB Peyton Deri Norwin HS
LB Nathan King State College
CB Tyler Carswell Montour
CB Malik Mathis Penn Hills
CB Charlie Davis Bethel Park
CB Aidan Howard Gateway
CB Gene Robinson Penn Hills
CB Timothy Jackson Taylor Allderdice
KICKER Jake Chapla Plum
West Head Coach
Rick Murphy Brashear D8
West Assistant Coaches
Justin Wheeler Bishop Guilfoyle D6
Bob Landis Somerset D5
Jus]n Bienkowski Port Allegheny D9
Pat Carey North Hills D7
Jacque DeMatteo Hampton D7


QB Ryan Stover Upper Dublin
QB Erik Benjamin Manheim Township
RB Mike Waters Imhotep Charter
RB Nyfease West North Penn (lansdale)
OL Braden Weachter Bishop McDeviU
OL Cameron Brown Simon Gratz High School
OL Matt McDermott LaSalle College
OL Kurt Stengel Archbishop Wood
OL Josh Yoder Southern Columbia
OL Chris Harootunian Downingtown East
OL Raquan Thomas Simon Gratz High School
WR Craig Jones West Catholic
WR Kenny Yeboah Parkland High School
WR Jake Gehman Wilson West Lawn
WR Denzel Hughes Neshaminy
WR Abel Hoff Marple Newtown
TE Dylan Granahan Scranton High School
DL Tymir Oliver West Catholic
DL Aaron Seigle Susquhanna Township
DL Allen McCloud Manheim Township
DE Keith Earle North Penn (lansdale)
DE Joseph Dumond St Joseph’s Prep
DE Thor Balavage Scranton Prep
LB Jack Lamb Central Bucks East
LB Seb Silva Archbishop Wood
LB Shawn Jenkins Simon Gratz
OLB Maurice Jackson Harry S Truman HS
OLB Evan Horn Cedar Crest
CB Jahad Neibauer Central Dauphin East
CB Elan Nash Unionville
CB Nick Rinella LaSalle College
S Rashon Lusane Malvern Prep
S Isaac Lutz Berks Catholic
KICKER Derek Adams Manheim Central HS
East Head Coach
Rick Pennypacker Pottsgrove D1
East Assistant Coaches
Donnie McDonough Western Wayne D2
Randy Spencer Wyoming Area D2
Mike Farr Schuylkill Haven D11
Joe Headen Susquehanna Twp D3
Mike Ricci Garnet Valley D1