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Lions All-Star Game brings football back to the Northstate

Published On: Jun 26 2013 09:12:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 26 2013 09:17:22 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Football season is getting underway in the Northstate, believe it or not. Not just practice, but an actual game on the schedule in mid-summer.

It is the 36th annual Lions All-Star Football Game. They are taking the field before the high school, college, and NFL season get underway in August.

The teams have been picked, and the coaches fielded questions at Wednesday’s media day in Chico.

The 11-man teams feature Enterprise High School's Darren Trueblood on the headset for the North, against Jim Ward from Willows High School leading the South.

8-man teams will also be playing again this year, similar to the 2012 game. The North team is headed by Ray Kellar of Dunsmuir High School. The South team has Brad Campbell of Loyalton High School.

There is much excitement for this year's game, and the facilities. The teams will battle it out at Harrison Stadium in Oroville on the beautiful artificial turf.

All-Star Game Chairman Dwaine Melton can't wait for kickoff.

"We do the NFL draft and our draft at the same time, and we always program that to come on at the same time,” said Melton. “We had our announcement banquet, we announced all our teams, and now we're starting to get the feel of what's coming. We are the first big game that happens to kick off all the football season in Northern California."

It all kicks off on July 13.

Proceeds from this year's game will benefit the Lions Diabetic Camp at Lake McCumber.