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HISTORY OF THE ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME
The first All-Star game was held on Saturday, August 5, 1972 when it was a cool 105 degrees on 
the playing field. Robert Lopez from “little” Lincoln County High School in Panaca, NV was the 
MVP of the game which the West won 7-3. Since then, the All-Star Game has become one of the 
highlights for high school senior football players and coaches in Southern Nevada. For most of the 
players, it’s their last chance to showcase to the “home town” fans their abilities, sportsmanship and 
love of the game.
Charter President of the West Charleston Lions Club (WCLC), John Duncan, developed the idea for 
the All-Star Game in 1971, along with club members Dwight Chambers and Clint Wright. The idea 
was well received by Coach Angelo Collis of Las Vegas High School. The Lions were assisted 
with the organization of the game by Coach Joe Blockovich, President of the Southern Nevada 
Coaches Association, Dr. Kenny Guinn, Superintendent of Clark County Schools, and Bob Lunt, 
General Secretary of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, along with Chub Drakulich 
and Roger Barnson of UNLV’s Athletic Department.
Over 3,200 high school seniors have played in the All-Star game since 1972. For many it was their 
last football game. For some, they continued their football careers in college and for a few; they 
achieved the ultimate goal…
LIONS ALL-STARS WHO PLAY(ED) IN THE NFL

 

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