All-Star football: Touchstone represents Franklin Co.Published 12:01am Thursday, January 3, 2013
meadville — When Spencer Touchstone strapped on his helmet and shoulder pads for the final time as a prep athlete, he was not necessarily playing for the name on his jersey.
Touchstone suited up for the South team in the Bernard Blackwell North vs. South All-Star game Dec. 22, and although he helped lead the South to a win, he was really playing for his hometown school.
The Franklin County High School senior was proud to wear his Bulldog pride while he played among the best players in the state.
“It was a huge honor to be selected,” Touchstone said. “Out of all the people in the state, I was one of the few trying to represent my hometown and trying to do my best for my school. I want to leave a good example for people to follow. I want to leave behind something they can look up to.”
The three years Touchstone spent as a member of the Franklin County offensive line left an impression on him, and he left an impression on the program, head coach Rickey O’Quinn said.
“We are very proud as a football team and as a school,” O’Quinn said. “Anytime you get a guy represent you in an all-star game it’s a great thing. He is a great kid and a good student, and he deserved it. He worked hard for three years here, and he did everything we asked of him and did it with class. He makes the program look good, and everybody is excited for him.”
Touchstone played left and right tackle in the game and was on the field the majority of the snaps for the South offense.
“It was fun having competition that measured up good against (me),” he said. “You can really test your skills and see what you were about. I did good. I tried my best. They knocked me down, but I got back up.”
The all-star contest marked Touchstone’s final high school football appearance, and he said playing prep ball is something that he will miss.
“I guess I’ll miss the Friday night lights,” he said. “(I’ll miss) when the star spangled banner is played, and all the people are rooting for you, and you are just out to have a good time.”
Touchstone will also miss his football family, he said.
“It was great having a team that was willing to work with you,” he said. “We had fun and pulled together. It was great being a brotherhood the whole time and not having anybody that was just by themselves.”
Touchstone said he is unsure of what he will be doing next fall, but he has a few options he is weighing.
O’Quinn knows that he will struggle replacing a key offensive lineman, he said.
“It’s going to be difficult,” he said. “Anytime you lose a guy that started for three years is tough. It’s going to be real hard to replace a guy that is an all-star caliber player. We are going to miss him.”