The 15th-annual high school football all-star clash has been set for Saturday, July 31 at Matewan High School’s Tiger Stadium.
The game pits the top graduated senior players from southern West Virginia against those from the eastern Kentucky mountain region.
West Virginia holds a 9-5 all-time series advantage and has dominated recently, winning the last six games and eight out of the last nine.
Last year, West Virginia rolled to a 30-12 victory over the boys from the Bluegrass State.
West Virginia players are gathered from Logan, Mingo, Wyoming, McDowell, Wayne, Lincoln and Boone counties.
Over the years, gridders from Man, Logan and Chapmanville high schools have played key roles in the success of the West Virginia All-Star team.
Kentucky high school players are brought in from Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Letcher and Martin counties.
Coaching this year’s West Virginia All-Star team for the first time is retired Tolsia High School coach Matt Stanley. The last two years, Matewan High School assistant coach John Frye has led the West Virginia All-Stars to back-to-back wins.
Kentucky is looking for its first victory since 2003 when it won a 40-36 shootout. The Bluegrass State team dominated the Hatfield-McCoy Bowl in its early years, winning four out of the first five meetings.
Practices for the game are set to begin on Monday, July 26.