The Agganis All Star Football Classic is a bittersweet moment for all of those who have earned their spot amongst the North Shore's best football players.
For some players it will be the last time they throw on a football uniform, and for others it is a final tune up before they take their game to the next level, the collegiate ranks.
On July 14 at Manning Field in Lynn (7 p.m.) four Cape Ann athletes will be competing in the Agganis All Star Classic and they fall into both categories.
For Gloucester's Gilbert Brown and Andrew Mizzoni next week's contest marks their last high school football game, but not their last football game as the two will be playing college football this fall at Bates and Holy Cross respectively.
Gloucester's Adam Philpott and Manchester Essex quarterback Alex Carr, on the other hand, could be playing their last organized football game. Philpott is undecided whether or not to join the Bates football team while Carr will not be playing football at UMass Amherst this fall.
Carr, the Hornets senior captain and quarterback in 2010, will be representing the North squad coached by Austin Prep's Bill Maradei following a high school career that was nothing short of stellar. Carr followed up a junior campaign in which he threw for over 1,500 yards by leading the team in rushing in his senior year. The senior signal caller had to do it all by himself at times for the 3-7 Hornets as he did not have a whole lot of help around him in 2010.
Philpott, Mizzoni and Brown will be playing for the South squad coached by Lynn Classical's Tim Phelps.
Brown, a senior captain for the Fishermen in 2010, will be playing linebacker and running back in the game. It was no surprise that Brown was moving on to play college football as he showed off his athleticism and play making abilities for the Fishermen playing four different offensive positions over the last two seasons, both ending with Super Bowl titles.
Philpott was a force in the defensive secondary for Gloucester leading the team in interceptions as a senior. He will be playing basketball at Bates College but hasn't ruled out playing on the gridiron as well. Philpott will also be playing in the Agganis All Star Basketball Classic on July 11 at Lynn Classical High School (7:30 p.m.).
Mizzoni was a book end defensive end for Gloucester as his pass rushing ability gave Gloucester the luxury of not blitzing as often as they are accustomed. The 6'4" Mizzoni has a non stop motor and will be taking his talents to the Bowl Championship Subdivision in Holy Cross this fall.
The Fishermen trio will be getting the chance to join forces with several rival opponents in the Agganis game.
Philpott had the unenviable task of covering Lynn English's ultra athletic wide out Travonne Berry-Rogers this fall, and he did a good job, but now the two will be on the same team. Bulldog's quarterback Tyllor McDonald, Winthrop's Nick McCarthy and Salem's Brad Skeffington and Antonio Reyes are just a few of the 28 Northeastern Conference stars playing on the South squad.