It might not be a crisp fall Friday night, but high school football in Massachusetts will be played this weekend. The 30th annual Shriners All-Star Football Classic is Saturday at 4 p.m. at Bentley College.
The North All-Stars will be coached by Dan Bauer of 2012 Super Bowl champion Beverly. His assistant coaches are Sean Maguire (Burlington), Ted Dalicandro (Newton South), E.J. Perry (Andover), Pat Ross (Roxbury Latin), and Tim O’Connor (Haverhill).
“Obviously with Dan coaching, we’re excited and proud of him. We had an outstanding year last year and he’s brought two Super Bowl titles in three years. It’s such a great game and a great tradition for a good cause,” said Beverly athletic director James Coffey.
Proceeds from the game will be donated to the Shriners Hospital in Boston. The Shriners is an international fraternity with a network of 22 hospitals. The hospitals provide no-cost orthopedic and burn care to children under the age of 18.
The South will be led by longtime Canton coach Dave Bohane. His staff includes Bill Kinsherf (Archbishop Williams), Jim Girard (Hopkinton), Dan Nault (Wareham), Shawn Tarpey (East Bridgewater) and Jim Connor (Norwell).
Westwood’s Alex Berluti is one of the quarterbacks on the South roster along with Brockton’s Austin Roberts. Chance Brady of Haverhill is a running back for the North, as is Gatorade Player of the Year Alex Moore of St. John’s Prep. All earned Globe All-Scholastic honors last fall. The game also features some of the top prep stars, such as receiver Brian O’Malley of St. Sebastian’s.
And if the Shriners game isn’t enough, the 52d annual Agganis Football game is Thursday at the Manning Bowl in Lynn.
The Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Stars will take the diamond against the Connecticut Senior All-Stars in the New England Challenge Championship Saturday at Tufts University’s Huskins Field at 11 a.m. General admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit Massachusetts high school baseball.
Retiring Reading coach Pete Moscariello will be the Massachusetts skipper while Stafford’s Scott Martin will coach Connecticut. Moscariello won 560 games for Reading his 35-year career.
Division 1 state champion Bridgewater-Raynham will be represented by outfielder Tyler Glavin. Division 2 champion Hingham is represented by infielder Ed Bowler. Drew Foster of Nashoba and Tyler Lyne of Agawam highlight some of the Central and Western Massachusetts selections.
Massachusetts leads the series, 7-5, but Connecticut won last year, 5-2, in Plainville, Conn.
The Junior All-Star game between the best of the two states’ class of 2014 begins at 2 p.m. at Huskins Field.
Dwayne Follette (Plymouth North) and Mike Nestor (Medford) will coach the Massachusetts side, with Rich Magner (Xavier) and Jason Serra (Middletown) coaching Connecticut.