St. C. duo chosen for North-South
ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Being chosen for any all-star game is an honor.
Being chosen for the Ohio North-South All-Star Football Game is downright impressive.
The St. Clairsville senior duo of Jaylon Brown and Zach Musilli are the lone area players to have gotten the nod to take part in the annual game that will be played on April 26 at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
“I don’t know that people, here locally, recognize just how big of an honor that game is,” said St. C. head coach Brett McLean, who was a member of the South’s coaching staff in 2013. “That’s a huge, tradition-game. I think there’s been at least one person in 46 of the 48 Super Bowls that’s played in the North-South Game. There’s just talent galore.”
Brown and Musilli become the fourth and fifth Red Devils in the last two seasons to be chosen for the game, which is in its second year of being broken down into a big-school and small-school division.
“Being chosen is a big honor, and I am really excited,” Brown said. “I was talking to Coach McLean about it and not many guys around here get chosen for it. It’s just going to be a great experience.”
Brown, who won’t be able to play in this summer’s OVAC All-Star Game because he’ll be at Youngstown State already, was a first-team all-Ohio selection and ran for 1,328 yards and 20 touchdowns. In his illustrious career, the future Penguin accumulated 4,268 yards and 82 touchdowns.
“I’ve been off the field for so long, I just can’t wait to play again,” Brown said. “It’s great to have Zach with me, too. It’ll be awesome being teammates with him one more time.”
Musilli was just sitting at home watching television one night when he saw a number he didn’t recognize pop up on his cell phone.
He answered and it was Burchfield on the other end, informing him he’d been chosen as the South’s placekicker.
“It was crazy,” Musilli said. “I didn’t expect (to be chosen) at all, but it’s exciting. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Musilli had been told a few days before hearing officially that he had been nominated out of this district, but really didn’t think twice about it.
“When I was selected, I was surprised,” Musilli said. “I am just honored to have the chance.”
Musilli, who just signed this past week to attend West Liberty University, had a brilliant three-year run as the Red Devils’ kicker. He earned first-team all-Ohio with 45 PAT kicks and five field goals.
Both Brown and Musilli are excited to play one more prep football game together.
“I am still a young guy, but I’ve never seen anyone run like Jaylon,” Musilli said. “He’s just a great player, so it’s going to be fun to be up there with him and see a lot of other great athletes, too.”
Along with playing with each other, the Red Devils’ duo will also be teammates with Clarksville Clinton-Massie’s Bayle Wolfe, who has signed with the Army Academy. Wolfe and the Falcons defeated St. C. in the Division IV state championship game in 2012.
“I’ve got some grudges with Wolfe,” Brown joked. “But, I am looking forward to meeting him and it’ll be cool to talk about that (state championship) game. There are going to be a lot of great players in the game, so to be among the select few is an awesome feeling.”