ANDERSON — The term All-Star is given to individuals who excel in a specific area, most cases this is associated with sports.
Six such Hancock County All-Star players earned a roster spot for the East team in the 12th annual East-West Football Classic Friday night at Anderson High School. Their efforts helped lead the East to a 20-7 victory.
New Palestine’s Connor Simmons and Brandon Collins started at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively. Mt. Vernon’s Stephen Morris, an offensive lineman, also started for the East. MV’s Brandon Lockart was named a defensive starter at linebacker.
Chris Wolf from New Palestine and Matthew Dickerson from Greenfield were named to the team but unable to play.
The players were not the only ones on the team from Hancock County. The East coaching staff was comprised of the coaches from Mt. Vernon. Doug Armstrong served as the head coach and was assisted by coach Leisure and coach Richards.
“It’s a good honor,” Simmons said. “This is hand selected, not every player gets to play at this level.”
Simmons, a University of Indianapolis commit, targeted Collins twice in the first half. He said they have a level of comfort with each other and hoped it would get him in a rhythm. Despite their efforts, the two could not make a connection early.
Collins, committed to Butler University, did make a connection with another East team quarterback. Shenandoah’s John Huff found Collins in the back corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown to give the East a 14-7 lead.