On the heels of our nationally-ranked Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop Basketball Invitational, comes an annual high school football showcase event pitting the best teams in Ohio against those from around the State… and the Nation! Year 3 of this showcase event will feature a Wayne H.S. vs. “The World” at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights, OH.
Single Ticket for BOTH Games = $8
2016 BackYard Blitz Teams
The Wayne Warriors enter the 2016 football season under the watchful eye of head coach Jay Minton. Coach Minton is starting his 19th season as the head man at Wayne. The Warriors have participated in the last two state championship games, four in total, with Coach Minton at the helm. When talking high school football in Ohio, the Midwest, and even nationally, the Wayne Warriors are always in the conversation.
As Wayne looks to make their third straight state championship game they will have to do it with highly recruited quarterback Messiah DeWeaver. You will see Messiah playing on Saturday afternoons in East Lansing as a member of the Michigan State Spartans. Defensively they will be without 3-star defensive back Tobias Gilliam who will be playing for Kentucky this fall.
With the departure of an outstanding 2016 class, Wayne will once again reload. Seniors Matthew Wilcox, Sean Martin, and Josh Foster will look to be the catalysts for another memorable season. The junior class will be headlined by 5-star ATH L’Christian “Blue” Smith and defensive end Alex Reigelsperger
MaxPreps has Wayne HS ranked as the #3 team in the state of Ohio.
Players to Watch
The Archbishop Wood Vikings, who are coached by Steve Devlin, are from Warminster Pennsylvania. Coach Devlin is entering his 10th season as head coach of the Vikings. Coach Devlin is the winningest coach in Archbishop Wood history (109-18). Under Coach Devlin, the Vikings have won 3 state championships (2011, 2013, and 2014), 7 time district champions, and 8 time Philadelphia Catholic League champions. Coach Devlin has also coached in the Under Armour All American game.
Like Wayne, Wood will look to reload at Quarterback with the departure of Elite 11 QB and now Temple Owl, Anthony Russo. In 2012 and 2015 Wood has been represented in the Under Armour All American game by members of the football team and their coaching staff.
The Vikings have several impact players for the 2016 season. Seniors Raheem Blackshear, Anthony Diodato committed to play Division 1 football while Mark Webb is considering 30+ Division 1 offers.
The junior class looks to be strong as well. They have 3 players getting serious D1 consideration and 2 of those 3 already have multiple offers. Those players are Kyle Pitts, Matt Palmer, and Nasir Peoples.
MaxPreps has Archbishop Wood ranked as the #3 team in the state of Pennsylvania.
Players to Watch
The Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada football team is coming down from St. Catharines, ON, Canada. They are lead by Head Coach and Football Director, Jeff Brown. Brown played collegiately in the NCAA and in the CIS. Brown went on to play in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-cats. Since then he has spent the past 15 years coaching community house leagues, rep programs, and high school football.
Brown currently resides in Stoney Creek, where he owns and operates Modern Elevator and a training facility called The GridIron. He is committed to total athlete development and is excited to build up RICC’s inaugural football team for 2016.
RICC will be lead on the field by Quarterback Mason Brown. Jacksonville University is showing a lot of interest in the states as well as Simon Fraser, Canada’s only NCAA school. Joining Mason on offense is WR/TE Christian Phillips. Christian is drawing interest from several IVY League schools. He is also a 4.0 student. On special teams keep an eye on K/P Jacob Tanguay. He is the number 1 ranked dual kicker/punter in the National Camp Series. Alabama, Purdue, ECU, and several Ivy League schools have Jacob on their radar. Other players to watch include LB Myles Manalo, DB Chase Ellingson, and WR/RB Riley Boersma.