December 8, 2012
Character Combine 8th grade All-Star football game a glimpse into prep life, character building

The Character Combine Youth All-Star Football Classic toay at Del Oro High School is a showcase of tomorrow's stars as 8th graders from across the region will compete. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

Casey Taylor of Del Oro coaches one team and Phil Grams of Capital Christian the other. Famed area coach Max Miller of Rio Americano, the Sac-Joaquin Section's all-time winningest coach, is the game commissioner. Former Highlands High star Scott Galbraith, who played at USC and in the NFL, is the defacto player commissioner who will
give a breakfast speech today on the merits of the game at all levels, specifcally on creating a brotherhood and using sports and activity as a vehicle to life.

"We want to give these young people a glimpse of what it looks and feels like to be in a high school environment, to create a fraternity, to teach them to compete against each other with class and character and to showcase two things: honor the game and hustle on the field," said Jason Harper of Character Combine. "I reached out to area coaches
and we all thought, 'let's coach these kids up and let's be pro active on character development.'"
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