York Catholic's Kinard to compete in East/West all-star football contest
York Catholic's Hakeem Kinard will be the only York County player participating in the 14th annual Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East/West All Star Game.
The game will be played Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at Downingtown High School.
Kinard, a quarterback/defensive back, recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision level at Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) University.
The 2014 York-Adams Division III Player of the Year, the 5-foot, 10-inch, 180-pound Kinard played a key factor in the Irish going 8-4 last season, finishing as the Division III runner-up and making it back to the District 3-A title game for the second year in a row. For the season, Kinard passed for 1,935 yards, rushed for 1,544 yards and totaled 37 touchdowns.
Kinard will play for the West team.
Two other York County players were selected for the West team, but declined to participate — Dallastown linemen Zaire Willis and Justin Tindull.
The 6-5, 320-pound Willis plans to play NCAA Division II football for Indiana University of Pennsylvania next fall. The 6-4, 260-pound Tindull was a York-Adams League Division I All-Star on both offense and defense. He had 51 tackles and seven sacks on defense.
Willis and Tindull helped the Wildcats to a 9-1 regular season and a York-Adams Division I championship.
The head coach of the West team will be Tom Gravish from Jersey Shore High School and the East head coach will be Rob Klock from Lower Dauphin High School.
Bermudian Springs' Jon DeFoe will be an assistant coach on the West team. In his 16th year at the helm, DeFoe led the Eagles this past season to the York-Adams Division III title with a perfect 7-0 league mark, the program's third division title in the last four years.
Bermudian reached the District 3-AA semifinals, where the Eagles fell, 26-7, to eventual district champ Wyomissing. The Eagles finished 11-1 overall. DeFoe's career coaching record at Bermudian is now 117-57.
Both the East and West teams practice on Sunday, April 19, and Sunday, April 26. The East team will practice at Dowingtown High School and the West team will practice at Woodland Hills. The final practice for both teams will be Saturday, May 2, at Downingtown.
Tickets for the game are $8 and will only be on sale on game day starting at 12:30 p.m.