The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a high school football all-star game in San Antonio that has been around since 2001. Now, the U.S. Marines Corps is sponsoring a new all-star game and two WPIAL players will play in it.
The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is in Phoenix Jan. 3 at Chase Field. The game features some of the top high school players in the country and Hopewell running back Rushel Shell and Fox Chapel offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty have agreed to play in the game, which will be televised by CBS College Sports. Representatives from the Semper Fidelis game are in the Pittsburgh area the next few days to announce Shell's and Bisnowaty's participation in the game.
More and more of these national all-star games are starting to pop up around the country, and you can bet there are some battles for the big-name players. I guess I don't have a problem with national all-star games, but here is what I have a problem with: The Semper Fidelis Bowl is having a Junior Academic All-American Game Jan. 2 in Phoenix. Great. This is for players in grades 6 through 8. Yes, a national all-star game for 6th graders.
Sure, this is just what is needed with young athletes these days. Get them to start thinking they are one of the best players in the country WHEN THEY ARE IN SIXTH GRADE!! Then by the time they are ninth grade, their attitudes are just terrific.
Please. A 6th grade national all-star game? And please don't compare it to the Little League World Series. There is no comparison.
Brashear coach Rick Murphy and his wife are expecting their third child. The baby is due Oct. 3, but Murphy said doctors told his wife that the baby could come any day.
Brashear plays Friday night at 7 at Cupples Stadium on the South Side. Murphy said he will drive himself to the game in case he has to leave. Brashear doesn't have a game next week.
"If we make it through Friday [without the baby born], this may actually all work out," Murphy said with a laugh. "As luck would have it, we didn't schedule a game for next week. Murphy's Law may play the opposite way here."
Root's game of the week
Root Sports television has announced its game of the week for Friday, Sept. 30 will be Belle Vernon at Chartiers Valley. Root Sports will announce its game of the week nine days ahead of time. There will be no telecast of a game this week because of the Pirates game. That's a shame because of all the big games this week. It's funny. Next week is a real clunker as far as big games.
Kelly's nephew shines
Hall of Famer QB Jim Kelly has a nephew who is a pretty darn good quarterback in New York. And the kid used to play football in Pennsylvania.
Chad Kelly is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo. He already has committed to Clemson. Last year, Kelly became the first player in New York history to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a season. In three games this year, he is 39 of 63 for 642 yards and also has rushed for 253 yards on 31 attempts.
Kelly used to play at Red Lion High School in Eastern Pennsylvania. But he was thrown off the team as a sophomore for undisclosed reasons and then transferred.
Louisiana produces NFL players
USA Football recently did its annual study of opening-day NFL rosters and what high schools have produced the most NFL players and what states have produced the most. Woodland Hills is second this year with seven grads in the NFL.
But here is an interesting statistic: Louisiana produces the most NFL players per capita. There are 53 NFL players this season from Louisiana high schools. That's one player per every 85,535. In per captia terms, Louisiana is followed by Mississippi, District of Columbia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Montana, Wyoming and Hawaii.
Montana? Nine players from Montana high schools are on NFL teams this year. That surprised me. California has the most NFL players this year with 226. I'll have more on these numbers in my Friday Varsity Xtra notes column in the newspaper.