Partners produce football all-star game


The Fenton High School football team charges forward on the field. Photo via

West Michigan is set to have an all-star football game.

The top high school football players in West Michigan will play in the Football Addix All-Star Game on June 10 at Davenport University’s Farmer’s Insurance Athletic Complex in Caledonia.

The all-star game is being organized "to celebrate Grand Rapids area high school football," said Ryan Henderson, president of Football Addix and co-creator of the all-star game.

“This game will honor the top outstanding student athletes from the class of 2016 and at the same time, create awareness for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.”

Henderson and Lowell High School head football coach Noel Dean are the co-creators of the all-star game.

Top senior players must be nominated before 8 p.m. on Feb. 4. A group of sports reporters and coaches will choose the players, who will be assigned to one of the teams: Stars or Stripes.

Tickets will go on sale on March 1, with practices running June 5-9.


The teams will be coached by retired South Christian High School football coach Bob Blackquire and T.J. Meerman, who will coach in honor his late father, Jim Meerman — a football coach at Coopersville High School for 25 years who died from cancer this year.

Other high school coaches from the area will serve as assistants on the teams.

Forest Hills Central head football coach Tim Rogers and Byron Center head football coach Mark Cisco will act as offensive and defensive coordinators for Blackquire’s Stripes team.

Meerman will have East Kentwood head football coach Tony Kimbrough and Kenowa Hills head football coach Scott Vanhessen as offensive and defensive coordinators.


Davenport’s addition of a football field to its athletic complex is still underway, with completion expected prior to June. It will have about 1,900 seats.

Davenport will begin its first football season next season.

"Davenport University and Davenport Football are honored and excited to be hosting this all-star game, as it raises awareness and funds for the Gilda's Club,” said Lou Esposito, head football coach, Davenport University.

“We look forward to hosting this great event and many more of its kind in the future."

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