Four Central Clarion Football Players Represent The Wildcats One Last Time As Members Of Victorious South Squad in 2024 Frank Varischetti All-Star Game, Three Wildcats Were In Lezzer Lumber Classic In June

Above photo courtesy of Angie Smith – (L-R) Colby Wright, Jake Smith, Brady Quinn, Tommy Smith

Four Central Clarion Wildcats concluded their high school football careers in the Nineth Annual Frank Varischetti All-Star Game at on Friday, June 28th, at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway.

Colby Wright, Coleman Slater, Brady Quinn and Tommy Smith represented the Wildcats one last time, as they and their South teammates defeated the North 20-0. (Coleman Slater was also named to the South Squad, but didn’t participate in the game.)

The game is part of Brockway’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. 2024 marks their 58th year.

The South compiled 288 total yards (103 rushing, 185 passing), with the North finishing with 132 total yards (66 rushing, 66 passing).

Quarterback Owen Clouse, from Redbank Valley, who was 10-for-15 passing for 185 yards, was named the South Offensive MVP. His brother Mason Clouse was named South Defensive MVP. Port Allegany’s Peyton Stiles and St. Marys’ Mason Sheeley were named North Offensive and Defensive MVPs respectively.

Brady had one carry for 6 yards. He was also the recipient of a $1,000 Scholarship from U.S. Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson.

Photo courtesy The Frank Varischetti Foundation – Brady Quinn receiving his award from U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson

Tommy, who had two receptions for 28 yards and was the recipient of the $1,000 Evergreen Insurance Scholarship.

$20,000 in scholarships were awarded prior to the game.

Photo courtesy The Frank Varischetti Foundation – Tommy Smith receiving the Evergreen Insurance Scholarship

South head coach Todd Smith from Keystone and teaches at Clarion-Limestone shared, “It was an amazing week. We had an outstanding group of athletes that worked extremely hard all week and were super coachable.

“It is truly remarkable what the Varischetti foundation has done with this all star game and all they do for the players, from scholarships to gift bags.

“The players really formed a bond throughout the week and it was fun to see them cheer for and support each other. The tough part is the you see these guys every day for an entire week, then it’s over. But we are all connected now. I certainly wish all of these seniors nothing but success as they move on to new chapter in life.”

Colby, Coleman and Brady were also members of the North Squad in the Central Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association’s 39th Annual Lezzer Lumber Classic, held at State College’s Memorial Stadium, on Sunday, June 16th.

The South won 21-8.

Photo courtesy Central Clarion Wildcats Football Boosters Facebook page (L-R) Colby Wright, Coleman Slater, Brady Quinn at Lezzer Lumber Classic

The Lezzer Lumber Classic is one of the longest running and highly esteemed regional football all-star games in the state. The CPFCA selects players from member schools and programs in all classifications, 1A to 6A, from an extensive area, south of Altoona, north to Brockway, to Bald Eagle Area to the east, to Keystone and Union/A-C Valley to the west, to participate in the contest.

(Congratulations To Ben, Brady, Tommy, Colby, Coleman and Tommy And All Selected!!!! Thanks to Angie Smith, The Frank Varischetti Foundation and Central Clarion Wildcats Football Boosters for the photos!!)