NORFOLK, Neb. -- It would mark the first time in a decade the Red Team has won two in a row in the Northeast All-Star Classic.

For Wakefield and Red Team head coach Mike Hassler, the win would break a streak of his own.

“This is the third all-star game I’ve done,” Hassler said. "Unfortunately the first two I’ve done, I was on the losing end. I would love to finally win one."

With an all-senior roster, Hassler said the games between the players has helped the roster gel over the past week.

“I’ve known a lot of these guys and how important this is to them,” said Keenan Valverde, Pierce Bluejay running back. “I think it’s going to be fun to them. I know a lot of us are bigger names in the northeast. I think we got to step up and become leaders.”

Valverde has been one of the premier running backs in northeast Nebraska, claiming two state championships and numerous honors as a Bluejay.

With having the Shrine Bowl and the All-Star Classic the past two weeks, it was never a question for Valverde he was playing in both games.

“I think obviously I want to go out there and give everything I have," Valverde said. "I want to stay healthy for college but this is the last time I’m going to play with a lot of these guys.”

Most of the players have seen each other over the past four years in multiple games.

Wayne’s Garrett Schultz remembers playing against Valverde and others but is looking at the game as a chance to keep the Red Team’s win streak going.

“A lot of us were rivals but they were fun guys," Schultz said. "It’s fun to be on the same team and just play."

Hassler hopes the bond between players throughout the week helps them play for each other on Saturday.

“We came into this week just trying to build camaraderie through the week so hopefully by the time we get to Saturday, we’re ready to play for each other,” Hassler said.

The Northeast Nebraska All-Star Classic Game kicks off at 11:00 Saturday morning with NCN’s coverage starting at 10:45.