They don’t call it the City of Champions for nothing. East St. Louis Flyers football is synonymous with winning. The rich tradition has birthed some of the best talent in the entire Midwest. With that excellence comes one of their newer traditions in the Gateway Scholar Football Classic.
In recent years it has brought names like Jeff Thomas, Kamryn Babb, Isaiah Williams, Jameson Williams, and many more talented young athletes.
Of course the 2019 East St. Louis Classic will be no different. Here are 10 reasons you should attend this year’s classic:
Support the Youth
This is pretty self-explanatory. Across the nation echoes the challenges we have had with violence in the metro area and the bottom line answer is that the our youth need us more than ever. If were not supporting them in their endeavors, then who will?
Affordable Day Out
Not everyone has the money to drive up to Columbia to see Mizzou or Champaign to see Illini play D1 football. But for only $10 dollars you can see the future of college football without the long drive.
Mizzou Commit Brady Cook
In his senior year, Brady looks to lead the Chaminade Red Devils past the Cahokia Comanches. Brady is a skilled thrower of the football whose stats just this past week were 238 yards 2 TD’s and 0 INT.
Chicago’s Phillips Academy has BEEF
Phillips Academy will bring Michigan commit Dominic Bass, the number 3 player in the 2020 class will be in the state of Illinois, along with Temple commit Demerick Morris. They both play on the defensive line and will look to bring havoc to a high-powered offense in the St. Mary’s Dragons.
Kevin Coleman Jr. vs. Ronald Pledger
WR Kevin Coleman has already turned heads in his Freshman campaign. He is ranked 34th in the nation in the class of 2022. He will go up against senior CB Ronald Pledger, a Western Michigan Commit. This is a matchup to keep your eye on.
Mekhi Hagens Air Attack
Since joining Cardinal Ritter Lions, Mekhi has done nothing but dazzle us with his arm. He threw for over 4,000 yards last year and off to an amazing start in his senior year. Last week he threw 300+ yards and 4 TD’s against the #1 7a team in the state of Illinois. He even out dueled Michigan commit J.J. McCarthy in his own back yard.
We’ve had the pleasure of covering this young man since little league football. When the lights shine the brightest you will catch this young man in the midst of greatness. Last week he had 7 receptions 122 yards and 3 TD’s.
Lutheran North Defense IS STINGY
While they will be without 4-star Antonio Doyle and Travion Ford, they still will bring a hard-hitting defense. Last week they held Trinity to just 6 points. Linebacker Itayvion Brown leads the defense partnered by a veteran secondary.
Can the Movement MOVE ON?
Following a week 1 loss to Lutheran North, Trinity looks to regroup and get back to their winning ways. With a huge senior class gone, and Mookie Cooper gone from the roster, the weight of the offense is now on the Illinois commits Reggie Love and James Frenchie.
IS THIS THE MOST TALENTED OFFENSE EAST SIDE HAS HAD?
We don’t know yet, but Batavia’s Coach Dennis Piron had nothing but praise for the Flyers, “We were getting to the quarterback and hitting him as he was throwing 70-yard rifle shots into the air to guys bursting down the field looking like they were running 100-meter dashes at the state track meet.”
Dual-Threat QB Tyler Macon leads that high-powered East St. Louis offense into Saturday’s showcase matchup against a familiar foe. Last year the game went into triple overtime. On Defense the Flyers will bring the highly sought after 4-star DB Antonio Johnson with a host of talent as well.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AT East St. Louis Sr. High Athletic Office. Already 1100 Tickets Sold on Day 1.