The West all-star team in the 19th annual Interhigh League football game Saturday is loaded with scholarship athletes.
Head Coach Sam Taylor and his staff will be guiding a team that has more players who have received college scholarships than any other team in Interhigh all-star game history. Of the 40 West team players in the 5 p.m. game at Cardozo, 30 already have received scholarships.
"Helping kids get to college is very important," said Taylor, who first coached an Interhigh all-star game in 1970. "You can never tell in a game like this, because some kid who's never played well may break a long run and the next thing you know, he's got a scholarship somewhere."
One of those remaining athletes hoping to earn a scholarship by playing well in the game is Dunbar quarterback Melvin Cherry. "I haven't received a scholarship to any school yet," he said, "but I'm hoping that this game may give me that opportunity to get one."
Other players have different motives for participating in the game. "Just because you're a senior, that doesn't mean that you get the honor of playing in an all-star game," said Maurice Simpson of Coolidge, who is heading to Syracuse this fall to play tight end. "As far as I'm concerned, it's the best against the best and I like that."
Said Theodore Roosevelt's Swift Burch: "It's great to play against guys that I've played all season long."