“Once you take it where going to play here with the fullback, then here with the tailback,” said Mike Schuback.
Mike Schuback is always talking football. In the upcoming 80th annual Lions Club Dream Game he will coach the County squad, and some of his former players from Old Forge
“I find it to be a great deal of enjoyment to work with kids that you’ve seen-you admired when they played. You’ve seen them on film. You played against some of them. Now that you get a chance to coach some of the better kids in the area. It’s a great opportunity,” again said Mike.
7 months ago Schuback led the Blue Devils to the state final and came up one point short of winning a championship losing to North Catholic 15-14.
“Obviously it brings back memories of what they went thru, but it also brings me back to the beginning. It brings me to back to the beginning when they started for us. When they first showed up in 7th, 8th grade. When they seen them going from elementary school to junior high-school and where the trip led us, and I just am proud to be associated with all those kids and their families and it’s going to be a memorable game no matter what,” added Mike.
For some of these players it really is their last high-school football game. A few players for Coach Schuback they are hanging it up. Matt Trotta is heading down to Wilkes his major is undecided, and Paul Papi is going to Temple to study pharmacy.
“Lucky enough for me I got selected to play another game and it’s going to be a great time to go play with all these team around the County and the rest of the team from Old Forge,” said Matt Trotta.
“It’s been unreal around town everywhere you go everyone says hello. Everyone knows who you are because of the run we made in the state championship. Just playing this last game means a lot to me and a lot to my coach,” said Paul Papi.
Trotta wears #22-Papi goes with #64 Wednesday night July 30th at John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville.