WVFCA All-Star game has local flavor
TERRE HAUTE — The 15th annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches
Association All Star game, sponsored by First Financial Bank, the
Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau and Pacesetter Sports, is
set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at ISU’s Memorial Stadium.
As always, there will be a local flavor to the game as seven players,
one coach and one former coach with ties to the county will be
The Black Division team includes Jacob Pritchard and Malachi
England-Elrod from North Central.
The Gold Division squad includes former Sullivan players Jack Conner,
Daylan Curtis, Jacob Freels, Hayden Sater and Jake Powell.
Sullivan coach Blaine Powell and Matt McLaren, now of Richland County,
Illinois, will be working on the Gold Division coaching staff.
“We are getting the band back together,” said Powell. “It is good to
be working with coach McLaren again as well as coach (Brian) Oliver
and be part of coach (Brian) Crabtree’s staff.”
Powell said it will be good to coach his quintet of players one last time.
“This is a great experience for the five of them,” said Powell, who is
working with the receivers and helping out coach Crabtree with the
offense. “For the ones not going on to college, it will be a chance to
put on the pads one last time.
“I am looking forward to working with them for another week and
coaching them in one more game.”
Jeremy Clodfelder from Paris, Illinois is the Black Division coach.
Assistant coaches for the Black Division are Troy Johnson, Mattoon
High School, Greg Barrett from South Vermillion, Scott Black from
Paris, Casey Pinnell from Robinson, Jason Fulton from Newton, Billy
Gray from Red Hill and Tim Herrin from Terre Haute South.
Other than Oliver, Powell and McLaren, assistant coaches for the Gold
Division are Ben Blank and Hank Lopez from North Vermillion, Mike
Meyer from Greencastle and Mark Raetz from Northview.
“Other than Richland County and Cumberland, it is almost Indiana vs.
Illinois,” said Powell. “I think this has a chance to be one of the
most evenly matched games we’ve had.
“There is a lot of talent on both teams. I am looking forward to it.”
There will be a banquet at 6 p.m. Friday at the Providence Center at
Saint Mary’s to honor the players, their families and coaches and to
induct four new members in the WVFCA Hall of Fame.