The Orange County football all-star game will be played in January.
It will be called “The Costa Mesa United Orange County All-Star Classic presented by the Los Angeles Chargers” and will be played Jan. 27 at Orange Coast College.
The county all-star football game has been played in the summer for decades.
It was well-organized and well-managed for more than 50 years by the Brea Lions Club until 2016 when the Brea Lions canceled the game because the group could not secure a game venue or sponsors. Costa Mesa United, a nonprofit group that supports Costa Mesa youth activities, and the Chargers teamed up to save the game that was played June 30 at Orange Coast College.
The game was not well-attended. Attendance was estimated at 3,000. But promotion of the game was limited by the last-minute resuscitation of the game by Costa Mesa United and the Chargers.
Ron Amburgey of Costa Mesa United said the Brea Lions will be involved in the game, with specifics on that to be determined. Keeping the Brea Lions in the loop would be a classy move, especially if somehow longtime game chairman Phil Anton can be part of it.
The county all-star game was Anton’s passion. Anton is relocating to the Pacific Northwest, but if he is asked to help with the game he certainly would do so if able.
The Chargers for many years sponsored the San Diego County all-star game, named “The Alex Spanos Classic” for the longtime owner of the Chargers. The game has been played in January. So have other high school football all-star games like a San Gabriel Valley all-star game, the U.S. Army All-American Game and even the Georgia-South Carolina Blitz Border Bowl.
It always seemed that January could be a better time than July for an O.C. all-star football game, in terms of the quality of the rosters and the ability to draw spectators. Moving the game to January is a good decision.
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