football catholic 49tackle71 e1281438809178 Motor City Residents Get Roles In Movie; See If You Know EmA lot of Detroit-area residents landed roles in the movie “Touchback.” You might know some of them.

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“Touchback”stars Kurt Russell and is about a down-on-his-luck small town farmer and volunteer fireman.  His glorious high school football days were cut short when he was critically injured during a playoff game, thus losing any opportunity he had for a college football scholarship. Kurt Russell stars.

Here’s a list of Michiganders playing football for the cameras:

TEAM COLDWATER: Coached by “Coach Hand”, played by Kurt Russell

  • Stephen Wasil from Commerce Twp, MI and played at Grand Valley State
  • Jacob McGuckin from Grand Rapids, MI and played at Grand Valley State
  • Timothy Balice from Kalamazoo, MI and played at Western Michigan
  • Everett Stephenson from Detroit, MI and played at Wayne State
  • Jeff Hachigian from Macomb, MI
  • Dennis Rutka from Marne, MI and played at Coopersville High School
  • Andre Benjamin from Grand Rapids, MI
  • Dwayne Holmes from Van Buren Twp., MI and played at Michigan State
  • Mike Sheldon from Royal Oak, MI and played at Albion College
  • Matthew Carter from Allendale, MI and played at Allendale High School
  • Michael Simon from Kentwood, MI and played at Grand Rapids Community College
  • Thomas Bissett from Jenison, MI
  • Josh Lanser from Jenison, MI and played at Hope College
  • John Preston from Newaygo, MI and played at Ferris State
  • Mitch Cummings from Big Rapids, MI
  • Adam Dekyger from Fremont, MI
  • Kevin Shurlow from Lakeview, MI
  • Quentin Sweat from Grand Rapids, MI
  • Beau Hoffman from Chesaning, MI
  • Aaron Higginbottom from Detroit, MI and played at Wayne State
  • Adam Powers from Plymouth, MI and played at Kalamazoo College
  • Matt Anderson from Grand Rapids, MI and played at Hope College

TEAM CUYAHOGA: “Cuyahoga Coach”, played by Mark Ellis

  • Bernard Faithful from Detroit, MI and played at the University of Toledo
  • Jake Visser from Grand Rapids, MI, played at Coopersville High School and Ferris State
  • Philepae Phillips from Grand Rapids, MI, played at Grand Rapids Community College
  • Tyler Moore from Comstock Park, MI and played at Purdue
  • Scott Gajos from Kalamazoo, MI and played at Western Michigan University
  • Zach Nichols from Brighton, MI and played at Northern Michigan University
  • Jason Kelly from Auburn, MI and played at Saginaw Valley State University
  • Blake Smolen from Grand Rapids, MI and played at Grand Valley State
  • Matt Flutur from Allendale, MI and played at Grand Valley State
  • Daryl Graham from Detroit, MI and played at Wayne State University
  • Brian Grysen from Hudsonville, MI and played at Elmhurst College
  • Justin Trumble from Macomb, MI and played at Grand Valley State

Filming of the football scenes takes place at Coopersville High School Football Field in Grand Rapids on August 13, 16 and 17th.  Those interested in being film extras are invited to email the Touchback extras coordinator for more information at:  touchbackextras@gmail.com.

To hear our interview with Mark Ellis, the guy who’s coordinating all of the sports scenes, click HERE.

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