Prep football standouts from across San Diego County will square off in California’s longest-running high school all-star football game Friday in the 24th-annual Alex Spanos All-Star Classic.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Mesa College Stadium.

As a gathering of the best graduating seniors in the county, the Spanos Classic provides players and their families with lasting memories and one final opportunity to demonstrate their skills before continuing their football careers on the collegiate level. San Diego residents have come to see the game as an annual tradition and summer staple.

The North squad will be coached by Tony Corley from San Pasqual High School and the South squad will be coached by Tom Karlo from Grossmont High School. The North team holds a slight 10-9 advantage since the game went to North-South format.

The game will also feature the first official appearance of the 2014 Chargers Girls squad.

Chargers owner Alex Spanos began support of the all-star game more than two decades ago when the future of the game was in jeopardy. Since that time, the Spanos Classic has grown to become the preeminent all-star football game in California.

The long list of Spanos Classic alums who have gone on to play in the National Football League includes former Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards (Chula Vista High), former Buccaneers and Broncos safety John Lynch (Torrey Pines High), and former Cowboys and Rams defensive tackle La’ Roi Glover (Point Loma High).

Tickets for the game are available at the gate and are $10 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds go to support the High School Sports Association of San Diego.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.