Area high school football coaches gathered at the Knights of Columbus hall to discuss the upcoming High Desert All-Star Football Game and enjoy a spaghetti dinner courtesy of The Italian Kitchen. The second annual game will be held on March 14 at Newton Bass Stadium in Apple Valley.


The All-Star game was founded by Carl Rapp, a Knights of Columbus member and a former Los Angeles area high school football star. The Knights of Columbus and the Daily Press are the primary sponsors of the game which showcases the regions best high school football players.


Rapp, the coaches and organization committee members discussed expanding the eligible player pool beyond the Victor Valley. The group is expected to select the head coaches for the North and South teams within a few weeks.


While the participants, which included Sultana High School head football coach Zane Sweeney discussed the fine details, Knights of Columbus member Sam Dearman reaffirmed the event's primary purpose.


"We're here for one purpose," Dearman said, "It's a senior scholarship game."


Last year, several scholarships were given. Additionally, Rapp said they are expecting to send DVDs featuring the game to colleges.


More than 4,000 watched the inaugural game, and organizers are expecting another large crowd. North (north of Bear Valley Road) prevailed over the South team, 26-23.