PECKVILLE – Corey Souryavong and A.J. Cantarella are about to launch college football careers.
First, they will be among four Old Forge graduates who take the field for Pennsylvania’s oldest high school football all-star game Wednesday night.
Souryavong, Cantarella, Bobby Rinaldi and Brandon Vahey are on the County team, which will take on the City Wednesday night at Valley View’s John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium.
“I was really hoping to make it to this special game,” said Souryavong, who has attended previous Dream Games to watch former teammates play. “It’s a great honor.”
The two-way, all-star lineman is headed to Assumption College after racking up 138 tackles, 37 tackles for losses and 10 sacks in his career at Old Forge.
Souryavong was a major contributor in Old Forge’s two Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 titles and two District 2 championships in the last two seasons along with the 2013 trip to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state Class A championship game.
Cantarella, a 6-foot-7, two-way end, is headed to Hamilton College. He caught 23 passes last season, made seven sacks and served as the team’s kicker, hitting a game-winner against Lackawanna Trail.
Rinaldi, a fullback/linebacker, joined Souryavong in leading the Old Forge defense. He had 47 career tackles for losses and 14 sacks.
Vahey is a defensive back who can also help at the offensive skill positions.
The 81st annual Scranton Lions Club-sponsored game features recent graduates from LFC teams.
Western Wayne’s Donnie McDonough is coaching the County team which, along with his players and those from Old Forge, also draws its roster from Riverside, Lakeland, Lackawanna Trail, Honesdale, Mid Valley, Carbondale, Valley View and Abington Heights.
Brian Fahey from West Scranton coaches the City team which has his players, along with those from Dunmore, Delaware Valley, Scranton, Scranton Prep, Susquehanna, Wallenpaupack, Holy Cross, Montrose and North Pocono.
The County won last year’s game, 14-7, but the City leads the series, 39-37-4.
The game, which benefits sight preservation programs, is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.