FOSTORIA - It's five days until kickoff and Calvert's Todd Fox is already in a quandary.
He only gets so many workouts with his 32-member East team before Saturday's game and he's missing part of Monday's practice to take part in the Fostoria Athletic Boosters East-West Coaches All Star Game press conference.
It's not the player talent he's worried about, just figuring out who will do what when the game kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. at Fostoria's Memorial Stadium.
"We feel that we've got some really good athletes; obviously, it's an all star game," he said.
Fox said Columbian's Jack Jacoby (RB/LB), Norwalk's Damius Peacock (WR/DB), Columbian's Jordan Dye (WR/LB), Hopewell-Loudon's Brock Hill (OL/DE) and Calvert's Jared Thompson (TE, DE) will all see a lot of playing time, with Norwalk's Michael Finch (WR, DB) handling the kicking.
But in what capacity and with whom is still up in the air a little.
"Not going to be naming too many because I don't know them all yet, but we're pretty happy with the selection of the guys we have," Fox said. "We just want to have fun on Saturday and just see what we can do."
He's already seen that with some of the players.
Nine from the East come from the Midland Athletic League, including Thompson, one of his own seniors. Toss in five from cross-town Columbian, and nearly half of the East has a very familiar look to it.
But Fox has only locked in a few positions so far, although one is extremely important.
Fremont St. Joe quarterback Zack Yeckley, someone Fox has had to prepare teams to face in the past, will suit up at quarterback in the spread zone offense.
"He's got a great arm, great field vision, able to fling the ball around. Kind of a dual-threat quarterback, but I'd say his forte is throwing the ball," Fox said.
"It will be nice. We don't have to defend him now, we need to worry about him using what he has," he said.
But that doesn't mean the East will be pass-happy, Fox said.
"We will be throwing the ball, but with what we have, time line [for preparation], we want to be efficient in what we do," he said.
West coach Mark Ritzler of Findlay has had a bit more luck in nailing down positions.
While scheduling conflicts limited his first practice to only 16 out of his 33 players, he's got some familiar faces in his spread offense.
Findlay's Paul Cosiano will play quarterback, with teammates at various other offensive positions - running back Vance Settlemire, linemen Kory Knox and Bryce Burnside and receiver Joseph Davidson, who may also see time in the secondary.
"One of our assistant coaches told Paul when I signal in a play, if Paul doesn't like it, he can change it," Ritzler said. "What's the big deal? What can I do to him now? He can do whatever he wants."
And get the ball to whomever he wants.
Along with Settlemire, the running backs include Ada's Kellen Decker, Lima Central Catholic's Jonathan Washington, Lima Perry's DanQuis Woods and McComb's Jerry Brown.
Joining Davidson at receiver will be Arcadia's Seth Bauer, Arlington's Blaiz McBride, Bowling Green's Trey Loescher and Leipsic's Devin Mangas.
"We've got to get them all on the field somehow," Ritzler said. "All of the kids that are running backs can catch the ball well and they're good athletes. We may motion them out a little bit or just line them up and point them in the right direction."
Both defenses will feature even numbered fronts and focus on fundamentals, the coaches said.
It's one area where Fox said he should have exactly who he wants where he wants. That's because of the depth created by the players who wanted to be there.
In fact, too many wanted to be there.
Fox said he and the coaches first let the players pick if they would play offense or defense, but too many chose defense.
"We went back and had a coaches meeting after that and said, 'OK, now forget giving them the option. We need to find an offensive team,'" he said.
The West's job will be to stop that, and Ritzler said his job will be to make sure he doesn't make the process overly complicated.
"The worst thing I can do is try to confuse them and make them a step slower. They're all stars for a reason," he said. "I don't want the scheme to be the emphasis of the play, I want their ability to be emphasis of the play."
While the West won't feature any area players - the most familiar will be North Baltimore's Jody Snyder (OL) and Dalton Ishmael (RB/LB/DT) from the MAL - the East will have plenty.
Along with Yeckley, Hill and Thompson, the other MAL players include Carey's Justin Meek (RB/SS) and Austin Tschanen (RB/LB), Hopewell-Loudon's Alec Gregg (QB/SS) and Brandon Molotla (OL/DE), Lakota's Kody Brewer (WR/DB) and Seneca East multi-purpose offensive threat Jordan Phillips (DB).
Chandler Hoover (OL/DL), Brock Riggs (OL/DL) and Alec Lucius (OL/DE) round out the Columbian contingent, and other area players include Buckeye Central's Ryan Wilfer (C/DT), Fostoria's Billy Couch (OL/DT) and Jalen Robinson (OL/DE), and St. Wendelin's Austin Reinhart (RB, DB) and Zach Miller (QB/LB).
From wherever they hail, Ritzler said the game, now in its 30th year, offers one last deserved moment for the players.
"The boosters do such a good job of making sure that the coaches and the players enjoy it; treat 'em right," he said.
"It's a nice ending for a lot of very good football players. Most kids don't get to go on to college [football]. They don't realize that. When they're freshmen and sophomores and juniors, they all think they're going to play somewhere ..., and it's a lot tougher than you think," Ritzler said. "A lot of these kids get to go out, get treated right, get interviewed, represent their school and kind of go off with one last big hurrah. It's a nice way to end it."