The 26th-annual Alex Spanos All-Star Classic is set for Saturday, January 16 with prep football standouts from across San Diego County squaring off in California's longest-running high school all-star football game. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. at San Diego Mesa College Stadium.
As a gathering of the best graduating seniors in the County, the Spanos Classic provides players and their families with lasting memories and one final opportunity to demonstrate their skills before continuing their football careers on the collegiate level. San Diego residents have come to see the game as an annual tradition.
Chargers Manti Te'o and Javontee Herndon will serve as the honorary captains and the Charger Girls will perform at halftime.
The North squad will be coached by Jason Texler from San Marcos High School and the South squad will be coached by Chris Thompson from Bonita Vista High School. The South team holds a slight 11-10 advantage since the game went to the North-South format.
Chargers owner Alex Spanos began support of the all-star game more than two decades ago when the future of the game was in jeopardy. Since that time, the Spanos Classic has grown to become the preeminent high school all-star football game in California.
The list of Spanos Classic alums who have gone on to play in the National Football League includes former Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards (Chula Vista High), former Buccaneers and Broncos safety John Lynch (Torrey Pines High), and former Cowboys and Rams defensive tackle La' Roi Glover (Point Loma High).
Tickets for the game are available at the gate and are $10 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds go to support the High School Sports Association of San Diego.