“Just the camaraderie,” Black said of his favorite part of the all-star process, which includes six practices leading up to the game. “These kids like to have fun. They joke around and scream there’s a cicada on you and watch the kids run. It’s good to see how kids learn in different settings other than their own.”
Both teams will run a 4-3 Cover 0 (Zero) defense with no slanting, stunting or blitzing. Most of the work done at practice is getting players familiar with one another and installing the offense. And making sure there’s a good rotation so all the players see as much quality playing time as possible.
“Really enjoying it, especially with being able to have fans. The kids are excited and they’re having fun out there,” Black said. “I’m looking for an exciting game. With having to play man-to-man it’s geared more toward the offense. We’ve been having good practices so we’ll see.”
West Carrollton High School football head coach Dion Black instructs the Pirates during practice on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Black will coach the South squad in Friday's MVFCA All-Star Game. FILE PHOTO
Bonifay said his North team did not have a practice where every player participated because of baseball and track seasons and vacations.
“In my mind they’re picked for a reason. They understand the game of football,” Bonifay said. “The key is to let them have fun with it. We try to make it as enjoyable as possible with them. They’ve done a good job. … I’m excited to see fans in the stands again.”
At halftime the MVFCA will honor the organization’s newest hall of fame members. This year’s head coach inductees are Bob Brigati of West Carrollton, Ray Otto of Miamisburg and Ed Mignery of Hamilton, Xenia and Shawnee. Assistant coach inductees are Doug Howard of Clinton-Massie, Pat Roncagli of Centerville and Fairmont and the late Bill “Skeeter” Moss of Urbana.