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Anderson to host Football Hall of Fame Classic

RUN: Southwood’s Peyton Trexler collides with a defender during a game last season for the Knights on the gridiron.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

Four football standouts from Wabash County will get the chance to represent their respective schools one last time this spring.

Southwood’s Peyton Trexler, Manchester’s Nick Wagner and Nathan Ozenbaugh and Northfield’s Joe Halderman all will take part in the Indiana Football Hall of Fame East/West All-Star Game.

The event will take place on Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at Anderson High School. The event will see 90 seniors from 60 high schools take part in the contest.

Trexler will be joined by Southwood coach Doug Martz in the game as Martz will serve as an assistant coach on the staff of the West team.

Trexler was a large part of Southwood football’s record-shattering season, catching 72 passes for 1,849 yards and 33 touchdowns.

As a team, the Knights finished 11-2 overall while winning both the Three Rivers Conference title and sectional crown on the season.

The Marian commit racked up 2,717 all-purpose yards in his final season as a Knight with a total of 39 touchdowns on the season.

Defensively, Trexler finished with two interceptions, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery to go with 74 tackles, 16 of those for a loss.

Halderman, meanwhile, was an anchor on the line for the Norse as they finished runner-ups in the conference. The Taylor commit finished with 90 tackles for the Norse and a team-high 28.5 tackles for loss. Halderman forced four fumbles and recovered one for Northfield as well.

Halderman earned a spot on the Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State Class 1A All-State team along with Trexler.

For Manchester, Wagner tallied a team-high 161 tackles, six of those going for a loss. The Trine commit’s two interceptions and four fumble recoveries both are highest on the team this season.

Ozenbaugh, meanwhile, finished with 34 tackles for the Squires and three tackles for a loss this season while recovering one fumble on the season.

As a team, Manchester finished 4-6 on the season.

Tickets for the event are available for $8 via pre-sale from participating players. Tickets will also be available at the gate the night of the game for $10.