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Young football stars strut stuff at Alumni Stadium this weekend

The top 90 under-18 football players in the province are gathering in Guelph this weekend as part of The Ontario Football Alliance’s second annual Red vs. Black weekend.

The weekend’s events include a Red vs. Black football game that will see the players compete for a spot on the 40-man U18 Team Ontario roster that will compete at the Football Canada Cup in Saskatchewan this summer.

The game takes place Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium.

The Black vs. Red weekend will see players go through a university style mini-camp and Saturday’s game will be filmed to professional CFL standards in which the final roster for the Canada Cup will be selected, said a news release.

Players listed from Guelph who are to take part are Kaden Jespersen, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver; Liam St. Hilaire, a 5-foot-11, 150-pound receiver; Nathan Monk, a 5-foot-11, 280-pound offensive lineman, and Graham Brodie, a 5-foot-11, 155-pound defensive back.

On Friday at the U of G’s Peter Clark Hall, a banquet dinner takes place and among guest speakers are Guelph Gryphons football coach Stu Lang, Western coach and Guelph native Greg Marshall and Brian Bulcke, a Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive lineman.

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