For the past four Sundays, football practice has been much of the same for Brookfield's Ryan Mosora.
Instead of Warrior Stadium, though, he's been preparing for the 68th annual North-South Classic at the Massillon indoor facility, as well as the Cleveland Browns indoor facility in Berea.
"It's been a great experience and it feels like home," Mosora said.
That's because Brookfield coach Randy Clark is an assistant for the all-star game held tonight in Dayton's Welcome Stadium.
"He's not so hard on me anymore," Mosora said. "It's just great to have him here to laugh and joke and make things more comfortable."
Mosora, a Youngstown State commit led the Warriors to the Division IV regional final behind 31 touchdowns and 2,149 rushing yards on the season. Clark was selected as the Region 13 coach of the year.
This is the first year that there will be two games played. A Division I-II-III game kicks off at 4 p.m. and a Division IV-V-VI game is at 7 p.m.
"I think it's a home run," Clark said. "This gets more kids and coaches involved and is a great learning experience for those playing at the collegiate level.
"It is a totally different aspect of coaching. These kids are all talented and we're promoting the mental and character-building part of the game."
The smaller North Division team scrimmaged the bigger North Division team this week.
"Nobody is saving anything," Clark said. "Everyone is giving 100-percent."
For some, it's a chance to prove themselves to colleges.
Struthers' David Stewart is focusing on playing linebacker in a 4-3 set alongside Hudson's Ben Gedeon, a Michigan recruit, and Chris Worley, an Ohio State commit.
"The pace of the game is different," said Stewart, who racked up 1,571 yards as a running back. "I feel really accomplished being selected for this and I need to show people that I can play on both sides of the ball."
Curt Kuntz, first-year head coach of the Wildcats, is an assistant on the Division I-II-III North Team. He guided Struthers to its first winning season (6-4) since 2000. That was the year Kuntz started as an assistant at Warren G. Harding under Thom McDaniels. He stayed with the Raiders until 2005.
"At those times we were at the top of the echelon of Ohio high school football," Kuntz said. "We were playing Glenville, St. Ignatius and Canton McKinley regularly. It's just good to get back to that level and work with some of those caliber of kids."
The North-South Classic is the nation's longest-running high school football all-star game. Past participants have gone on to appear in all but two of the 47 Super Bowls. National Football League Hall of Famers Roger Staubach (Purcell Martin) and Jack Lambert (Crestwood), Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard (Cleveland St. Joseph) and Pro Bowlers Alan Page (Canton Central Catholic) and A.J. Hawk (Centerville) are alums of the Classic.
Drew Bell is Lakeview's third selection in the game. John Biehl and Kyle Smedie, 2008 graduates who played at Mount Union and Slippery Rock, respectively, also were selected. Bell, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end, will attend Lake Erie College on a football scholarship.
"The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association always puts on a great event," Lakeview coach Tom Pavlansky said. "Drew is honored to be playing."
Other local selections at the Division I-II-III level include Harding's LeShun Daniels and Jalen Powell and Niles' Frank Saban. Western Reserve's Tim Cooper and Bryan Deal, Kae'Von Green and Melvin Gregory of Youngstown Christian and Ursuline's Khallid Pierce will participate on the Division IV-V-VI team. Jermaine Williams of the Irish was also selected, but is still recovering from a knee injury.