Believe it or not, the high school football season officially begins this week with one of the oldest all-star games in the entire country.
On Wednesday evening at Memorial Stadium, the Scranton Lions Club will be hosting its 78th Dream Game...a contest reserved for the Lackawanna Foot-ball Conference’s Class of 2012 seniors.
All three local schools will be well-represented, including Paupack.
Originally, a total of six Buckhorns were selected for the City roster. However, due to college commitments, only two will be on the field for the 7:30 p.m. opening kick-off.
Brendan Downey and Will McLaughlin (Moravian), Victor Steffen (Colgate) and Steve Camasta (Lehigh)?have already reported to their respective schools and begun late summer practices.
While these four were forced to bow out, there remain two Bucks who’ll undoubtedly turn heads when gametime comes.
Pat Ingulli is headed to Wilkes University in the fall. He’s coming off a sensational senior season in which he rushed for more than 1,900 yards and 20 TDs.
“Pat has a big heart and a tremendous work ethic,”?Paupack head coach Dr. Mark Watson said. “He’s as tough as they come and he can score from anywhere on the field.”
It’s a pretty safe bet that Caleb?Vogler will also make his presence felt for the City. A cannon-legged placekicker, Vogler will be playing at Shippensburg University this season.
“What a weapon Caleb was for us this year!” Dr. Watson exclaimed. “Any time our offense got inside the 30-yardline, I knew we were going to come away with points.”
The Dream Game marks the “unofficial”?start to the scholastic grid season.
“It’s a huge honor for the kids and for our program,”?Dr. Watson said. “They’re very deserving and I’m incredibly proud of them.”
The City and County are gearing up for their 78th meeting. Overall, the City leads the series by a razor thin margin of 37-36-4.