Some will go on to play college football like Reed’s Devin Gray. Some will join the military like Spanish Springs’ Vance Lively. Others will never don another uniform again and find some other way to maintain their competitive spirit.
But of the 71 players on rosters for the 32nd Annual Sertoma Football Classic, there is one thing they all share in common. They will treasure their final high school football game.
“Of course (it’s an honor). It was one of my main goals this year to play in the Sertoma Classic,” Lively said. “I wish I could play with all my teammates one last time.”
Lively and four other Cougars will help represent the Silver team. Fellow wide receiver Ryder Lowry will join Lively on the outside. Defensive back Gannon Stevens, offensive lineman Alec Davis and lineman Jake Martensen made the Silver team roster and will be coached by Truckee’s Bob Shaffer.
Coaching staffs for the games take turns choosing schools to represent their teams, so it isn’t a guarantee that Reed and Spanish Springs players will line up next to each other. It just happens that this is one of the years that the rivals will be teammates.
“It’s not too bad. They’re pretty cool. I know it’s a rivalry, but we’re still all friends and we still all know each other, so it’s not too bad,” Gray said.
“It’s awesome,“ he said. “We’ve been playing with these guys for six years maybe, against them or with them.”
Players from 11 schools fill out the Silver team roster. Joining Reed and Spanish Springs will be representatives from Galena, Bishop Manogue, Hug, Truckee, Fallon, Lowry, Spring Creek, Dayton and Battle Mountain.
Reed has the most players of any school on the team. Truckee was second with six players.
Along with Gray, wide receiver Brett Chaney, defensive back Dominic Montenegro, running back Ty Shepard and linemen Austin Corbett, Jared Greenwald and Brent Klitzke represent the Blue and Gold on the Silver roster.
“It’s pretty awesome because not everybody gets to play in this game,” Gray said. “It’s kind of an honor to get chosen. It’s pretty cool. I’ve got most of my favorite teammates over here. It’s great to play with them one last time.”
Sparks High will be represented at the Sertoma game as well. Graduated SHS seniors Mario Guadron and Geo Vasquez will both suit up for the Blue team.
Kickoff for Friday night’s game between the Silver and Blue teams is at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Children 5 and under are free.
All proceeds are donated back to the community through local charities. The Sertoma Classic also donates funds to academic and extracurricular activities of the participating high schools annually.