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Kickoff times for 2010 “Rally at the Wolvarena” tentatively set

Written by: on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010


Kickoff times for the Sept. 4 “Rally at the Wolvarena” have been tentatively established.

Ken Halloy, president of Halloy Boy Sports Marketing, Inc. in New Albany, Ohio, has put together the four-games-in-one-day event and has brought two teams each from Florida and Ohio to participate against WPIAL representatives McKeesport, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Woodland Hills and Thomas Jefferson.

In each of the last two years, WPIAL teams have been featured in opening-week kickoff classics organized by Halloy at Wheeling Island Stadium. Thomas Jefferson and Pittsburgh Central Catholic participated in 2008, and Woodland Hills, McKeesport and Pittsburgh Central Catholic took part last year.

McKeesport, under first year head coach Jim Ward, gets a tall task in the day’s opening kickoff at 11 a.m. against the Steubenville Big Red, winners of more than 700 games in their storied football history. Steubenville is coming off of a 12-win season last year.

Pittsburgh Central Catholic opens its 2010 campaign against Akron Buchtel in a 2 p.m. kickoff. It’s the fourth time in the last six years the Vikings have opened their season against an Ohio team – and the Vikes are 2-1 in those games, the only loss coming in 2005 to Lakewood St. Edwards. Buchtel, under head coach Ricky Powers, has steadily improved each of its last three years, from 2-8 to 5-5 to 7-3 a year ago. Powers led Buchtel to consecutive state championships in the late 1980s as the team’s featured running back.

Thomas Jefferson, owners of a 104-9 overall record since the start of the 2002 season, will entertain Cocoa High School in a 5 p.m. kickoff. The Tigers are coming off of a 14-0 season in 2009 and have won 24 consecutive games. Cocoa’s last loss came to Merritt Island (Fla.) in October of 2008, 15-14.The Tigers are 63-14 since the start of the 2004 season.

Woodland Hills is sure to receive a stiff challenge from Florida powerhouse Manatee High School, from Bradenton, in an 8 p.m. kickoff. Manatee upended powerful St. Thomas Aquinas in the Florida state playoffs before losing to Plant High School (from the Tampa area) in the AAAAA state title game. Manatee was ranked 13th in the nation by the USA-Today before losing to Plant, 32-25.

Tickets for the “Rally at the Wolvarena” cost $18, and fans with a hand stamp will be granted in-and-out privileges for the day.

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