A collection of top East Bay high school seniors will get the chance to show off their football skills while also raising money for a worthy cause at Saturday's Literacy Classic All-Star game.

The East Bay all-stars, led by quarterbacks Nsimba Webster of Deer Valley and Drew Anderson of Miramonte, will take on their counterparts from the West Bay -- San Jose to San Francisco -- at 7 p.m. at San Jose City College.

The game was organized by Charles Nash and Competitive Elite Sports to help raise money for a literacy program that assists students in grades 6-9 on improving their reading, writing and public speaking skills.

Liberty's Jeff Walters will coach the East Bay squad, and he will have an abundance of talent, especially at the skill positions.

Besides Webster, the East Bay Offensive Player of the Year, and Anderson, who passed for 4,074 yards and 47 touchdowns while leading Miramonte to the North Coast Section Division II title, the East Bay squad also includes some of the area's most productive receivers and running backs as well as hard-nosed defenders.

"It's almost an embarrassment of riches," Walters said of his quarterback situation. "With Nsimba, we want to put his athleticism to work, so there will be times when (he and Anderson) are both in the game at the same time. We want to give Nsimba a couple of reps at receiver."


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The receiving corps also includes Miramonte's Dominic Paoletti, St. Mary's Liam Godfrey, Deer Valley's Nzuzi Webster (Nsimba's twin brother) and Northgate tight end Jake Smith, the Diablo Valley Athletic League MVP. Northgate running back Eric Haynes (2,058 rushing yards, 36 TDs) will also help the offense.

De La Salle's Larry Ross and Deer Valley's Chibueze Onyeukwu anchor the defense.

Opposing the East Bay team on Saturday will be a group of Central Coast Section all-stars coached by Earl Hansen. After a 26-year career over two stints at Palo Alto, including a state title run in 2010, Hansen is retiring.

Walters, a first-year coach who guided Liberty to the NCS Division I playoffs for the first time in 10 years, spent time with Hansen at a banquet for the literacy program last weekend.

"What an interesting juxtaposition of having me in my first year and him in his final game," Walters said. "He's an awesome guy, and I drank in the moment of getting to sit next to a legend in Bay Area football."

Tickets to the game are $10 for adults and $6 for students and kids under 13.

Boys soccer

By most standards, Monte Vista had a fine season a year ago, coming within a point of winning the East Bay Athletic League and earning the No. 2 seed for the NCS Division I playoffs.

Things are shaping up even better for the Mustangs this season. They are 12-0-1, with 39 goals scored and five goals against, and have 15 points in the EBAL, six points better than second place De La Salle.

"We have to approach every match with a healthy dose of respect for our opponents and for the game of soccer, and we have to be curious with finding out just how good we can be," Monte Vista coach Matt Zahner said last month. "Our job is to push this group of boys without taking the joy out of their experience."

One of the reasons for Monte Vista's success so far, Zahner said, is that they play the game to have a good time.

"This team reminds me every day that this is meant to be fun," Zahner said. "They are a bit goofy, but really they just enjoy playing soccer, enjoy hanging out with each other and work together extremely well."

-- Matt Smith, correspondent