WINTERSVILLE - Indian Creek senior Justin Gibson has been selected to play in the annual OHSFCA North-South Classic at Dayton's Welcome Stadium at 4:30 p.m. April 26.
He will be a member of the 36-player South roster in Divisions IV-VIII.
It will be coached by Columbus Bishop Hartley's Brad Burchfield with the assistants being Steve Bartlett (Miami Trace), Marcus Colvin (Dayton Chaminade-Julienne), Dave Miller (Covington) and Jim Stoyle (Centerburg).
"I am so excited for him," said Redskins head coach Andrew Connor. "I am not sure how many from Indian Creek have played in this game, but I think he is only the second one. The only one I had was Bruce Palmer.
"For Gibby to get to play in this game is a perfect cap to a kid who gave so much to our school and did everything the right way. Everything.
"He did not miss any football for the last three years. Nothing, where it was weightlifting or summer practice. He was a three-year starter for us at guard and did everything we asked of him."
Gibson was a first-team all-Eastern District and second-team all-state for Indian Creek.
"This is a great honor," he said. "It is something not too many people are able to say they have been able to do in life. It's going to feel really good to get back into pads. I'm ready to go out and his some people again.
"I just want to go out and show them what I am made of. I've never backed down from any opponents."
Gibson said he found out over Christmas break that he had made the team.
"I was pretty shocked," he said. "I really didn't have any words. I've heard about this game, but was still kind of surprised that I was picked."
Like every year, Connor has some holes to fill via graduation, but none bigger than No. 54.
"We joked with him that was the perfect face for the district - a lunch pail kid who, when he got done with football, we asked him if was going to the mill to punch in," Connor said. "He was a great teammate, a great captain and a great role model for anyone in our program. He is good in school, on the field and in the locker room.
"He played so hard for us and will do the same for the South team in a game that I believe is a big game of value to the state of Ohio."
Gibson will join area players Jaylon Brown and Zach Musilli from St. Clairsville on the team
"There's going to be a lot of competition on this team and I like that," said Gibson, whose college plans are still up in the air. "I've been working out, I just have to get back into mentally. I am ready to show them how I am."