"More than a game"

Published: Jun. 14, 2019 at 5:12 PM EDT
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It's been an early summer tradition since the mid-1990's.

The 26th annual "Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis" all-star football game was held Friday night at Bill Hanlin Stadium at St. Marys High School.

Players from area West Virginia high schools take on players from high schools in Ohio. Some, being seniors, take the field for the last time.

But a coach who has been involved in the game from both sidelines says the BACF game is about more than winning and losing.

"So I think Chris Hunt got it started because he had a kid with Cystic Fibrosis," says Belpre High School coach Mike DeVol, who has coached in both states, "which is trying to look for an answer is something we don't have a cure for and it won't be long before we will, so we are raising money to help find a cure and having fun with the kids. So from the coaches to the kids it is fun but there is a reason."

DeVol is the head coach for the Ohio team in this year's game. He previously was head coach at Parkersburg South High School.

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