East-West Shrine Game Featuring Two Canadian Players
This year the Montana East-West Shrine Game is doing something it's never done before.
For the first time ever, each team will have a player that comes from a neighboring country.
"The East has a Canadian and we also have a Canadian,” said West Head Coach Rick Nordahl. “So our roster is usually at 40. Now we're at 41 with the addition of the Canadian."
Carlo Gallotta from Calgary, Alberta will be suiting up for the west squad.
The outside linebacker figured he could use the experience.
"My coach, at my high school, just asked me after school one day, "Hey how would you like to play in a Montana all-star game?" I said, "Yeah, sure. Let's do it," Gallotta said.
Carlo has been playing football for years.
He's just one of many kids who are participating in the growing game up north.
"I know high school football has become one of the biggest high school sports in Calgary and Alberta,” said Gallotta. “It has definitely grown over the past few years just because we have more school population, more organized football. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger."
"It's been a lot of fun,” Coach Nordahl said. “He plays good football. The climate is a little different. So the conditioning, the kids are getting in shape and just adapting to the climate."
Carlo will be playing college football at a school in Ottawa next fall.
First he'll be the first Canadian to play in the Montana Shrine Game.
"It's a nice twist,” said Coach Nordahl. “It will be televised over there, the game will. Three years ago when I was an assistant was the first time it was televised. That gave an opportunity to everyone in the state to watch the game. Each year they kind of add something. This is probably what they put in this year to add."