Previous Central Pennsylvania All-Star Football games such as the 1960 Central Counties and the 1977-78 Lewistown Lion Club were "great football games," but were short lived.
In 1985, the Central Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association, with J. Gawen Stoker as the Game Director, initiated the Mid-State Classic under the corporate sponsorship of the Mid-State Bank. The game was established to promote scholastic football, to recognize excellence of our players and coaches, to provide a system of ongoing football education for our coaching staffs, and to fund a scholarship program. The first game involved players from twenty-five schools. Uni-Mart replaced Mid-State Bank as the game sponsor in 1993. Jack Bailey and Rob Irwin have served as Co-Game Directors for the Classic from 1996 to 2009. J. Gawen Stoker was the Game Director 2010-2011. Jim Zauzig has been our Game Director from 2012 to present. Larry Wiser & Tom Shearer will be Co-Game Directors starting in 2023.
In 1998, the Lezzer Lumber Company became the major sponsor for the Classic with the CPFCA maintaining the football and organizational aspects of the game. We are proud to continue our association with the Lezzer Lumber as the corporate sponsor. Currently, there are thirty-two schools from District VI and IX involved in the game. To date, $179,000 in the form of 343 scholarships have been awarded to help young people continue their education. The CPFCA holds monthly mini-clinics for high school and youth coaches during the winter months. To the players and coaches, being selected to participate in the "Classic" is held in high regard. It would seem that the goals for the Classic are being realized. The degree to which the game and the CPFCA can work toward these goals will depend upon the support we continue to receive.
The Lezzer Lumber Classic is considered as one of the premiere all-star football games in Pennsylvania. It is a tribute to our sponsors and co-sponsors, to the individual players sponsors, the business card and patron sponsors, and to families and friends of scholastic football in the Central Pennsylvania region. Please patronize our supporters, and let them know that you appreciate their contributions to the Classic when you visit their businesses.
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