The History of the PSFCA East/West All-Star Game


The first game was held in June of 2001 at Mansion Park in Altoona, after members of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) approached the Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau to help organize and produce a sister game to the Big 33 Game. The Big 33 Game features the top players in the state against players from Maryland. Unfortunately only 34 players can be selected to represent Pennsylvania, and in a state with a rich football tradition many quality players are left out. Thus, the PSFCA East/West All-Star Game was conceived giving the honor to play in a statewide, prestigious all star game to 68 more players.


The players selected to play in the game truly represent some of the finest football talent in Pennsylvania. Past player have gone on to play for college powerhouse teams such as Penn State, University of Maryland, Ohio State, Pitt, Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Cornell University, U.S. Naval Academy, and University of Michigan. The game has also been a showcase for Ivy League athletes, with players going on to Princeton and Yale. Our first class of alumni was eligible for the NFL draft in April of 2005 and several have begun their professional careers with the NFL.

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Currently the East holds the advantage for wins, having won 10 of the 18 games played. Clearly the stage has been set for rivalry that's sure to continue to grow. As the rivalry grows so does game attendance and recognition. More than 50,000 people have traveled to Altoona, Gateway, Franklin Regional, and Downingtown to watch these future college and NFL players in a classic rivalry. The game had been aired on PCN, Root Sports and Fox Sports.

The Future

The game was not played in 2011 due to lack of sponsorship and a variety of other issues. The PSFCA thought it was a necessity to get this game going again, so after a year hiatus, the PSFCA with the help of many other sponsors brought the East/West All-Star Game back.

Since return of the game it was played in Western PA (Gateway-2012, Franklin Regional-2014, Cupples Stadium-2016) and in Eastern PA (Downingtown-2013, 2015) in the odd numbered years. The game will now be played in Altoona for the foreseeable future.

Game Scores (Series = East 10, West 8)

Year Winner Score Loser Score
2001 East 31 West 3
2002 East 31 West 17
2003 West 14 East 10
2004 East 39 West 13
2005 East 24 West 17
2006 East 20 West 14
2007 West 24 East 14
2008 West 10 East 0
2009 East 37 West 22
2010 East 33 West 7
2011 No game
2012 West 45 East 24
2013 East 47 West 28
2014 East 35 West 25
2015 West 21 East 19
2016 East 20 West 19
2017 West 17 East 14
2018 West 28 East 25
2019 West 41 East 35