All-Star football game returns in new location

Players gather during the pregame to pump each other up prior to last year’s game at Davison.

Players gather during the pregame to pump each other up prior to last year’s game at Davison.

FLINT – For the third consecutive summer, the Flint-area high school football all-star game will hit the gridiron on June 9 at 7 p.m. However, the game relocates for the first time. After playing the first two years at Davison’s Cardinal Stadium, the game will now take place at Kettering University’s Atwood Stadium in Flint.

The game has been exciting to watch in the past, including a multi-overtime game a year ago, and often drawing large crowds. As in the past, the teams have once again been dubbed the Rise and the Grind and are led by local coaching staffs, which will hold practices on June 4-8.

The Rise are coached by the staffs of Swartz Creek and Lake Fenton, led by Dragons’ head coach Joe Spencer. Their roster includes the likes of Davison’s Tariq Reid, Carl Terry, Austin Roland, Tyler Montgomery and Tommy Goyette.

Atherton will be represented on the Rise by DeMarco Bush and Keonta Townsend and playing for Flushing will be Bradley Novess and Connor Melancon. Swartz Creek brings Myks Johnson, Grant Taylor, Brandon Varner and Javon Newhart and for Bentley will be Mantrecce Bryant. Drake Toms will play for Goodrich and for Grand Blanc is Kentrell Ware, Aidan Martini and Drew McCullough.

As for the Grind, they’ll be coached by the staffs of Carman-Ainsworth, under Jerry Parker, as well as Bendle, headed by Jason Beverly. Bendle brings along LaQuan Johnson, Jr., Brent Scott, Toussaint Bridges and Tyrese Wynn and for Grand Blanc is Donald Johnson, Carter Merrell, Alex Zallagiris, Aareon Broughton, Jace Parrish, Donovyn Gregory, Khalen Parker and Joel Linden.

Carman-Ainsworth boasts Marshall Brooks, Dwayne Gurley, Jalen Smith and Kyle Pipin and for Davison will be Anthony Fordham, Jr., Tyreese Watson and Mickey Clifford. Representing Goodrich on the Grind will be Nathan Amman and Jake Lederman and for Atherton is Drelan Curry and DeMarcus Bush. Nathan Nanny will suit up for Bentley and Kearsley’s Teven Thompson-Farrior and Bailey Douglas will also compete. Dan Shaheen and Antonio Farero come in from Flushing.

Atwood Stadium is an 11,000-plus seat venue located at 701 W University Ave. in Flint. The parking lot is most accessible on First Ave., right off of N Grand Traverse St., but there is also access parking across the street on University Ave.

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