TENNERTON – The annual North-South Football Classic brings together the state’s best senior football players one more time.
For Buckhannon-Upshur’s Ryan Strader, he is now part of the official North roster for the all-star game.
Strader was the first alternate for the game, and when a North player dropped out of the contest, he was contacted by North Marion and North head coach Daran Hays about playing in the game.
It was of course an easy decision for Strader to make, who recently signed to continue his football career at Glenville State College.
“It means a lot to me honestly because I will to get to have one more high school football game to play in,” remarked Strader. “I also feel like it will be good to get my mind set for this fall playing at the next level at Glenville State.”
The inclusion in the game will allow Strader to play with the best players in the state for his last football contest
“I think that just motivates me and makes me want to play even better against competition like that,” stated Strader. “It will be a great learning experience and I feel it will really help prepare me for the next level.”
Strader’s head coach at Buckhannon-Upshur, Duane Stoeckle, echoed his statements that the game will help him prepare for collegiate football.
“He will be playing against some of the best our state has to offer, and this should prepare him well for this fall at Glenville State,” Stoeckle said. “I am very proud of Ryan and very pleased for him. It is a well-deserved honor for him after all he has accomplished during his career as a Buccaneer.”
Strader was a First-Team All-Big 10 selection and named to the All-State Special Honorable Mention team this past fall.
During his senior season, he threw for 1,208 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The all-stars will prepare in a week-long camp from July 6-9 with the game being scheduled for Friday, July 10 at South Charleston High School.