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***Roselle's Rutgers-bound Isiah Byrd will be player to watch in the backfield for the North in Monday evening's Phil Simms New Jersey North-South All-Star HS Classic!

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***Passaic's late great coach Ray McCrann is part of rich history of people involved with North-South Classic who have helped to make the game and all that surrounds it special. See"Feature Articles"

***Peter Gula of Millburn led the way for Essex vs. Union in eighth Underclassmen All-Star Game at Kean as the two teams competed in highly-competive contest while also honoring retired Union coach Gordy LeMatty. Read "The Buzz"

Retired Caldwell coach Ken Trimmer remains a guiding force behind the Phil Simms New Jersey North-South All-Star Classic which will return for the 38th edition this Monday night (June 26) on Alumni Field on the Kean University campus in Union. (njsportaction photo)

Trimmer-Simms Leadership At Forefront
Boosts North-South Classic In 38th Year
By Steve Tober
For sidelinechatter.com

When Ken Trimmer thinks back on his first experience watching Phil Simms work with his Caldwell High school quarterbacks, there were a couple of distinct memories.

“I remember him working with five of my quarterbacks at Ramapo High School for about four hours, rarely taking a break,” recalled the Chiefs’ now retired longtime head coach. “And, I noticed he had an apple he had brought with him, which he never had the chance to eat because he was so busy keeping things moving the whole time and just never took a break.”

Simms, the legendary Giants quarterback and now studio analyst on CBS NFL telecasts, has always had a special place in his heart and mind for high school football.

“I love watching kids play at that level,” he said. “When Ken approached me about becoming involved with the North-South game I thought it was a great idea.

“We’re going to continue to work as hard as we can to help this game continue to be the best all-star Classic it can possibly be!”

This season’s Phil Simms New Jersey North-South Classic, the 38th annual edition of the time-honored gridiron classic, will be played 7 p.m. Monday night (June 26) at Kean University’s Alumni Field.

While the game has received fresh energy since the arrival of Simms as a major force behind the game in 2014, the combination of the former Giants quarterback and the ageless, soon to be 75-year-old Trimmer has been a total ‘win-win’ situation as both have continued to combine their visions and love of high school football to help the North-South Classic continue to thrive as it approaches four decades of existence since the N.J. Football Coaches Association got the ball rolling to help initiate the contest back in 1979.

Having Simms on fully on board and with both his very recognizable name and valuable, on-site presence fully evident - especially during the current practices and time leading up to Monday’s game at Kean – has resulted in what has been a fortuitous 4-year association for the retired Giants star with the game which simply effuses positives for the history-laden summer gridiron contest.

“Phil’s involvement is invaluable in so many ways, and he’s been behind what we do 100 %,” said Trimmer, who retired from his high school post at Caldwell after last fall to completed a 53-year career with the Chiefs as both a head coach or assistant. “Phils not only a key member of the NFL Sunday broadcast team for CBS, but he’s also continued to help coach kids, and quarterbacks in particular, for many years to this day.

“He has a love for high school football and the promotion of the kids playing the game which is great energy to have behind us.”

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