PETERSBURG, Va. – The East Coast Bowl Committee has announced rosters for this year’s East Coast Bowl. The 5th Annual East Coast Bowl will be played in Petersburg, Virginia on Saturday, November 26th with kick-off scheduled for 12 Noon.
Representing Newberry on the defensive side of the ball are linebacker Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.) and defensive tackle James Canetti (Los Angeles, Calif.). Mazzie Drummond (Greer, S.C.) will line up as wideout on the offensive side of the ball. A pair of linemen was selected but will not be able to attend: center Zack Farr (Spartanburg, S.C.) and tight end Daren Vaughn (Belton, S.C.). Only seniors are eligible to be selected.
The roster for this year’s event is jammed full of Division II and III All-Americans, Harlon Hill Candidates (Division II Player of Year), and several conference players of the year. Due to expanding geographically, players from Virginia schools will be playing on the North team. East Coast Bowl Vice-president Jeremy Toombs stated, “We received an influx of nominations from several schools in the Gulf South so to balance the amount of nominations the ideal move was to include Virginia on the North for the first time. The amount of interest for this game has skyrocketed. We received almost 200 nominations from about 60 schools in 22 different states."
This year’s game will feature, for the first time, some Division I-AA athletes. The NFL Scouting Combine personnel, NFL Scouts, CFL and Arena representatives are in attendance each year. Over 40 former East Coast Bowl players have played or are playing in the professional ranks. Coaches from the Richmond Bandits, of the Atlantic Indoor Football League, will be serving as coaches of this year’s event.
In last year's classic, punter Jeff Williams and cornerback Jonathan "Tiger" Lyles represented the Indians on the South team.
Tickets for the game are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Anyone may purchase tickets in advance at Ettrick Deli or Nino’s North Italian Restaurant. For ticketing information you may call the East Coast Bowl Headquarters at (804) 722-0141, Ettrick Deli at (804) 526-3354 or Nino’s North Italian Restaurant at (804) 861-3410 or visit our website at www.petersburgsports.com/eastcoastbowl.