After a two-year hiatus of its traditional format, the annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic is set to return to the gridiron this summer.

And five seniors from Midcoast schools will get the opportunity to represent their high schools on the football field one final time.

The game originated in 1989 and was created to raise money and awareness for the Shriners Hospitals for Children, which “is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals,” states the Kora Shriners website.

The game, which raises money for those causes, also is a rite of passage for departing Maine high school seniors as the best of the best are selected to represent their schools.

The 31st annual game was set to be played in the summer of 2020 before it was canceled due to COVID-19. In 2021, the event audibled to a 7-on-7 round-robin tournament.

Now, the game, slated to be played on Saturday, July 16 at Don Roux Field at Lewiston High School, will return to its traditional, 11-on-11 roots.

And five standout area seniors — Belfast’s Drew Abelon, Camden Hills’ Hunter Norton, Oceanside’s Jacob Carroll, Medomak Valley’s Levi Ward and Mount View’s Sam Valleau — will play on the East squad, coached by Foxcroft Academy’s Dan White.

Tickets to attend the Lobster Bowl are $10, with proceeds going to the Shriner’s Hospitals.

Norton, a running back, was a Campbell Conference first-team selection as he rushed for 31 touchdowns and more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for the Windjammers.

Camden Hills finished 4-2 in the regular season and lost to Morse of Bath 56-36 in the large school eight-man playoffs.

Ward, a running back and linebacker, was a Big-11 Conference first-team selection at running back, a second-team all-conference selection at linebacker and co-player of the year for the Panthers.

He rushed for 776 yards and 15 touchdowns on offense and made 23 tackles in limited play on defense.

Medomak Valley went 6-2 in the regular season and was Class C North’s top seed. The Panthers defeated No. 8 Nokomis of Newport 14-7 in the quarterfinals and were eliminated by No. 5 Hermon 16-12 in the semifinals.

Carroll, who played quarterback and linebacker, was a Big-11 Conference honorable mention for the Mariners. He led Oceanside in tackles with 48 in five games.

Oceanside went 2-3 in the regular season before its playoff game was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test. Several other players were close contacts and, thus, the Mariners did not have enough players to compete in the game.

Abelon was a Big-11 Conference honorable mention for the Lions. In six games, he rushed for 278 yards and three scores, had 254 receiving yards with two scores and 312 kick-return yards with two scores for a total of seven touchdowns.

Belfast went 2-3 in the regular season and fell in the Class C North quarterfinals 49-46 to Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield.

Valleau was a Little Ten Conference first-team selection and led the team in passing and was one of the team’s top two players for all-purpose yards.

Mount View went 1-3 in the regular season and lost to Stearns/Schenck 52-16 in the small school eight-man playoffs.