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PRESS FILE PHOTOEric Miller (67) is one of two Emmaus players that were selected to play in this week’s Lehigh Valley McDonald’s All-Star football game. Copyright - DONHERB                                               PRESS FILE PHOTOEric Miller (67) is one of two Emmaus players that were selected to play in this week’s Lehigh Valley McDonald’s All-Star football game. Copyright - DONHERB

Miller, Romig selected to McDonald’s Game

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by MIKE HAINES mhaines@tnonline.com in Sports

This year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star football game is set for Thursday.

Two Emmaus offensive linemen were selected to the team in Jared Romig and Eric Miller.

“Ever since I was younger I wanted to play in this game,” said Romig. “When I got first-team all-conference I knew I was going to have the opportunity to play in this game and I was very happy I was selected.”

Both players were part of one of the area’s best offensive lines the past two years. They blocked for Andy Davidson in 2014 and for Kyle Boney last season. Both were among the top running backs in the state in yardage.

Both Hornets enjoy their sometimes thankless role in the trenches and appreciate that they got noticed and invited to play in the all-star game.

“The way your running back performs is basically a reflection of the line,” said Miller. “You have to be a pretty good line to have two 1,000-yard rushers in the last two seasons. You might get personally recognized, but the line as a whole gets pretty good recognition.”

Miller was a three-year varsity player at Emmaus. He started at nose guard his sophomore season and played offensive guard and defensive tackle in his last two years. He’s going on to play definensive line at Kutztown University.

Romig, who will continue his football career at Lackawanna College, was also a three-year varsity player at Emmaus. He got some quality playing time as a sophomore and then started at offensive tackle the past two seasons.

While both players are excited to get on the field and play one final high school game, they are even more eager to help the McDonald’s charities that the game supports.

“It means everything,” said Romig. “I take a lot of pride in it. I love that I have the ability to play football and for that to benefit such a great cause is just really an honor. I’m looking forward to it.”

The game is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh Stadium.

The Red team is made up of senior all-star players from Lehigh, Monroe and Carbon counties. They will take on the Gold team, which includes players from Northampton County and Phillipsburg High School in New Jersey.

The following are rosters for both teams.

GOLD TEAM

Head Coach: Matt Evancho

Assistant coaches: Paul Reduzzi, Chris Labathc, Phil Sams, Ed Chromczak, Kris Otranto

Name School Ht/Wt Position

Nate Stewart Beth. Cath. 6-3/195 WR

Evan Culver Saucon Valley 5-10/195 RB

Jonah Gundrum Freedom 6-2/185 WR

Justin Haynes Liberty 6-0/180 DB

Jaykwon JeffersonWilson 6-3/195 WR

Nysir Minney-GratzEaston 5-7/155 RB/WR

Doug Erney Liberty 6-0/180 QB

Corey Deemer Easton 6-2/200 LB

Zach Thatcher Saucon Valley 6-0/185 QB/DB

Daloni Caldwell Easton 6-1/205 DE

Yusef Shelton Phillispburg 6-0/185 DB

Manni Romero Phillipsburg 5-11/175 WR

Nate Moser Easton 5-11/155 DB

Jacob Holden Pen Argyl 6-3/175 DB

Greg Albertson Easton 5-6/145 WR

Devon Turner Northampton 6-0/200 RB

Nathan Harka Saucon Valley 5-8/175 WR

Nick Basenese Notre Dame 5-8/180 WR

Destyn Woody Notre Dame 6-0/200 LB

Jared Henn Nazareth 6-2/175 DB

James Klinger Pen Argyl 5-10/160 DB

Aaron Weller Notre Dame 5-9/165 WR

Andre Blackett Bethlehem Cath. 6-0/215 LB

Tim Hutchinson Nazareth 6-0/185 LB

Blake Cassalia Palisades 6-0/160 DB

Austin Jones Bangor 5-11/210 DL/P

David Simmons Easton 6-3/220 DE

Cordell Cotto Freedom 6-4/245 DE

Mike Paolini Saucon Valley 5-10/185 LB

Christian Carvis Saucon Valley 6-0/185 LB

Mario McIntyre Freedom 6-1/240 OL

Eddie Ferreira Notre Dame 6-2/260 OL

Devon Lindeman Liberty 6-0/275 OL

Anthony Davis Bethlehem Cath. 5-10/240 OL

Jacob Brown Nazareth 5-10/260 OL

Matt Gillingham Nazareth 5-11/250 OL

Colin Zarzecki Freedom 5-10/260 OL

Matt Barnhart Palisades 5-10/200 OL

Will Sadow Palisades 6-2/230 DE

Mike Kane Saucon Valley 6-3/210 DE

Cam Strohe Bangor 6-2/220 LB

Jared Koose Easton 5-8/145 K

Matt Richline Liberty 6-1/240 DL

RED TEAM

Head coach: Josh Snyder

Assistant coaches: Dave Kerschner, Phil Dorn, Steve Hlushak, Matt Kosciolek, Chris Walkowiak,

Name School Ht/Wt Position

Colin Fasolka Central Catholic 5-11/165 K

Jacob Michelmon Central Catholic 5-10/200 LB

Cory Hicks Catasauqua 5-11/145 DB

Aarif King Dieruff 5-9/200 OL

Jayden Reyes Dieruff 5-9/185 WR

Luis Acevedo Dieruff 6-4/350 OL

Devante RobinsonDieruff 5-9-/175 WR

Kassius Sumpter East Stroud. No. 5-10/235 DL

Steven Grampp East Stroud. No. 6-4/265 OL

Changa Hodge East Stroud. So. 6-1/180 WR

Nicholas Boushell East Stroud. So 5-11/220 TE

Eric Miller Emmaus 6-2/265 OL

Jared Romig Emmaus 6-5/260 OL

Erik Skrincosky Lehighton 6-2/210 TE

Teagan Durishin Lehighton 5-10/160 WR

Tyler Cann Lehighton 5-11/175 DB

Cameron Kates Northern Lehigh 6-1/280 DL

CJ Young Northern Lehigh 6-1/170 DB

Andrew Sorensen Northwestern 5-10/185 DL

Brandon Miller Northwestern 6-/230 P

Dylan Snyder Northwestern 5-7/165 WR

Harry Hall Northwestern 5-10/185 RB

Jericho Burger Palmerton 6-2/280 OL

Owen Miller Palmerton 6-3/315 OL

Rai Washington Palmerton 6-1/230 DL

Nolan Ridgway Parkland 6-1/185 WR

Austyn Borre Pleasant Valley 5-10/195 RB

Danny Hunter Pleasant Valley 5-8/135 DB

Dean Krcic Pleasant Valley 6-2/200 K

Matt Bruno Poc. Mt. East 6-1/275 OL

Jon Giuffrida Poc. Mt West 5-9/245 OL

Devin Irwin Salisbury 5-10/170 DB

Tevon Weber Salisbury 6-6/205 QB

Ethan Price Southern Lehigh 6-1/205 WR

Blake Levengood Southern Lehigh 5-11/190 QB

Josh Mohr Southern Lehigh 5-8/190 DL

Mike Riccio Southern Lehigh 5-10/190 DL

Brian Clark Southern Lehigh 5-11/195 OL

Jason Vitacco Stroudsburg 5-10/190 LB

Kevin Hughes Stroudsburg 5-11/230 DL

Marcello Riccardi Stroudsburg 6-0/185 WR

Nick Kovalchick Whitehall 6-0/175 WR

Stephen Steele Allen 6-5/270 DL