Erie Save an Eye football match July 29 at Veterans Stadium

The 84th annual Save an Eye game will have special meaning for Northeast 2022 graduate Casey Burch when he dresses on July 29 at Veterans Stadium.

While Burch is one of many football players to follow in the footsteps of a family member who once played in the game, his connection goes back to his grandfather.

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“Since I was little, he always talked about it,” Burch said in media interviews Thursday at the Gannon Recreation and Wellness Center. “He said, ‘One day you’ll play this game.’ It’s surreal. It’s amazing, honestly.”

When Burch was informed of his selection to play for the county, his thoughts focused on one place.

“When I got that email on my phone, it was for my grandfather,” he said.

The game is the second longest running high school charity football game in the nation. Organized by the Erie Lions Club, it is dedicated to providing eye care to needy children in Erie County and supporting services for the visually impaired. More than 4,900 players have participated over the years, and after the 2021 game, the Lions Club said it was able to provide the equivalent of $3.5 million in eye care to more than 17 000 children.

County and city teams listen to instructions Thursday night during the Save an Eye football game media day at the Gannon Recreation and Wellness Center.

Tickets for the July 28 banquet and the July 29 game are available through the Hometown Ticketing Website.

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Who is on the Metro All-Star team?

High Erie: Jamari Gilmore, WR/DB; Stephen LeBron, QB; Jermaine Selby, RB; Semaj Mitchell, DB; Marquise Velez, DE/LS; Logan Hannah, RB/LB; Tyrone Lowery III, OL/DL; Garrett Hannah, OL

Fairview: Logan Frazao, WR; Jacob Miller, OL/DL; Taylor Susman, OL/DL

Harbor Stream: Toby Charlton, QB/DB; Cameron Williamson, RB/LB; Gavin Ennis, WR/LB; Matthew Cassidy, RB/LB; Dylan Fedak, RB/LB; Mitchell DeVore, OL/DL; Mason Burke, OL/DL

Iroquois: Max Nicolussi, OL/DL

McDowell: Logan Carrick, WR/DB; Hunter Hodges, WR/DB; Donovan Wolf, WR/DB; Jacob Soboski, DL; Mathew McGregor, WR/DB; Jacob Skolnik, QB/DB; Nicholas Malina, K/P; Aiden Cozzens, OL/DL; Randy White, OL/DL; Roman Meola, OL/DL

Mercyhurst Preparation: Lamere Byrd, RB/DB; Harrison Ulmer, WR/DB; Aronde’ Bridgett, RB/DB; Sam Gonzalez, RB/LB

2021:McDowell passing connection, Erie rushers help Metro beat County in 83rd Save-An-Eye Game

The City All-Stars pose for their team photo on Thursday at the Gannon Leisure and Wellness Center during media day for the Save an Eye football match.

Who is on the County All-Star Team?

Cathedral preparation: Michael Parks, RB/LB; Jacob Pollock, DB/LS; Carmelo McLaurin, DB; Tyson Simon, WR/DB; Amarion Tarver, OL/DL; Caden Pustelak, OL/DL

Cory: Hunter Savitz, WR/DB; Xavier Reyda, OL/DL

Fort Le Boeuf: Ryan Daum, WR/DB; Adam Lichtinger, RB/LB; Tristin Harris, RB/DB; Walter Anderson, DT/C; Nickolas Bliley, OL; Logan Fortin, OL/DL; Jacob Jenkins, ET; Dominique Gentile, TE/DE

General McLane: John Amon, QB/DB; Eric Salamonsen, WR/LB; Evan Topor, OL/DL

Girard: Tyler Rothacher, OL/DL; Andrew Marcy, OL/DL

Northeast : Casey Burch, RB/DB; Owen Hamman, C/LB

North West : Ryan Tewell, QB/DB; Jake Kelley, WR/DB; Eric Dorr, TE/DL; Jordan Dohanic, RB/DL; Gage Hanisek-Brockett, RB/DL; Eric Steinle, WR/DB; Brent Swift Jr., OL/LB; Ken Jarvis, OL/DL

Seneca: Chase Firestone, OL/DL

Union City: Kyler Shaffer, QB/DB

Watch Erie Times-News and for more reports on the Save an Eye game.

The County All-Stars pose for their team photo Thursday at the Gannon Recreation and Wellness Center during media day for the Save an Eye football game.

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