1st Annual Bucks/Montco Lions Football All Star Classic

Written by: on Thursday, May 26th, 2016. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Game details are as follows:

Bucks County vs. Montgomery County
Friday, June 3
William Tennent High School
7:30PM Kickoff
Radio: WNPV1440 AM
Livestream: wbcb1490.com

Head Coaches:
Bucks – John Donnelly (CB East)
Montgomery – Tim Sorber (Abington)

Bucks Roster

Montgomery Roster

Game Coordinators:
Bucks – Neil French (Neshaminy)
Montgomery – Tim Sorber (Abington)
Senior Coordinator – Mike Clarke

Game will be dedicated to the memory of former Norristown and Neshaminy coach Roger Grove. Dedication page is attached.

Proceeds from the game will benefit Lions Club charities.

We would love your support in promoting the game. You are more than welcome to attend any of our remaining practices and speak with any of the coaches/players involved.

The remaining Bucks County practice schedule is as follows:

May 25 CB East 6-8PM
May 26 CB East 6-8PM
May 31 CB West 6-8PM
June 1 CB West 6-8PM



Roger Grove Dedication1946-2016 The 1st Annual Bucks/Montco Lions Football All Star Classic is dedicated to the memory of Roger Grove, who passed away on May 13.

Coach Grove’s legendary career spanned forty three years and impacted both Bucks and Montgomery counties. Coach Grove began his career as a Health and Physical Education teacher and assistant coach at Norristown Area High School in 1968. Eight years later he took over as head coach, a position he would hold for the next 27 seasons. Coach Grove amassed a record of 203-98-6 during a time when the Suburban One League was widely regarded as the best league in Pennsylvania. Norristown advanced to the District 1 playoffs three times under Grove, including an appearance in the title game in 1998. Coach Grove sent dozens of players to college on football scholarships, including four who went on to play in the National Football League. The most notable of those was quarterback Steve Bono (UCLA), a 1980 graduate who played for seven pro teams from 1985 to 1999. For his efforts and accomplishments at Norristown, Coach Grove was inducted into the PA Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.

Following his retirement form Norristown in 2003, Coach Grove joined his longtime friend and former assistant Mark Schmidt on his staff at Neshaminy. During Coach Grove’s eight year tenure in Langhorne, the Redskins qualified for the District 1 playoffs six times, made three district title game appearances and advanced to the AAAA state title game in 2004. Coach Grove presided over the quarterbacks and offensive backfield. His influence helped produce four of the top six scoring offenses in program history and multiple all state players.

As impressive as they may be, Roger Grove’s coaching records were the least of his achievements. He was a loving husband to his amazing wife Peggy – his biggest fan and the reason for much of his success. He was a dedicated and proud father of David and Michael, former standout football players at Phoenixville High School. He was a loyal friend and mentor for every man who was lucky enough to stand with him on a sideline. Most importantly, Roger Grove was a role model, confidant and inspiration for thousands of young people at both Norristown and Neshaminy.

Tonight is what Roger Grove was all about – high school football on a Friday night. We will do our best to put on a show he would have enjoyed.

As Roger would say, “It’s Time to Press the Button!”

Enjoy the game.

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