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Inland Empire All-Star Football Classic returns to favored format

By in Press Enterprise on January 13, 2018

By Eric-Paul Johnson

The Inland Empire All-Star Classic has long been a great opportunity for many of the area’s best football players to showcase their skills and abilities.

The game also is important for Inland football fans, said Jim Clover, who is the game’s creator and director. Clover and his staff have tried different formats recently, including last year’s game that saw the coaches draft their teams from a list of available players.

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“It was fun for the players and coaches to have players from the same school on different teams,” Clover said. “But it wasn’t necessarily good for fans. People didn’t know who to root for or what side of the stadium to sit on.”

With that in mind, Clover and The Sport Foundation decided to return to the most popular format: a clash between Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The 33rd edition of the game will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Centennial High in Corona. It’s the 18th time the game is a county vs. county showdown. Riverside has won five straight in this format and has an 11-6 overall edge.

The Inland Empire Classic is the longest running all-star football game in the state, and more than 2,400 players […]    

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