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The annual Phil Sims North-South All-Star Football Classic was canceled earlier this year due to safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, but players for both squads are still being recognized.

Game organizers announced rosters for both squads this spring and this week commemorative plaques went out to all 90 players who were selected for the game. As usual, several Shore Conference standouts were chosen for the South squad.

The game, which usually takes place at Kean University in late June, plans to return in 2022. It is New Jersey's longest-running statewide all-star football game and was first held in 1980. The longest-running all-star football game of all is the Shore Sports Network All-Shore Gridiron Classic, which held its first game in 1978 at Wall Stadium.

In the 2019 North-South Classic, Manchester's Eric Cowan was selected as the South team's Defensive MVP while Manasquan's James Pendergist had a touchdown catch and Long Branch's Marc Dennis and Monmouth Regional's Dayshawn Porter snagged interceptions on defense. The North squad held on for a 24-23 victory to snap the South's three-game winning streak.

Below are the Shore Conference players who were selected for the 2021 Phil Simms North-South All-Star Football Classic.

Patrick Beltran, LB, Keansburg

Anthony Borriello, DB, Red Bank Catholic

Chris Carasia, WR, Ocean

Jack Collins, WR, Manasquan

Von Factor, DL, Rumson-Fair Haven

Be'Sean Fraser, DB, Long Branch

Nick Glende, OL, Matawan

Imeer Johnson, DL, Central

Jake Kazanowsky, QB, Toms River North

Owen Laughlin, LB, Red Bank

Joe Mancino, OL, Holmdel

Delano Marcelus, DL, Colts Neck

Luke O'Hea, WR, Raritan

Anthony Perez, OL, Mater Dei Prep

 

 

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