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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
For only the second time in its 37-year history, the Missouri Lions Club All-Star football game ended in a deadlock. Both the Gold and the Blue teams battled to a 26-26 tie Saturday night at Walton Stadium/Vernon Kennedy Field on the University of Central Missouri campus.
The annual contest that benefits various projects for the Lions Clubs of Missouri brought several of the top graduated seniors from across the state to Warrensburg, including a few from the surrounding area. Two former Spartans, Tevin Robinson and Derek Rickart, suited up for the night and both RHS grads had a helping hand for each team. However, Robinson wore the Gold and Rickart wore the Blue. However – each one wore No. 11.
Robinson got into the action on the opening kickoff when he got the game started with a 20-yard return of the Blue kick. Robinson picked up 14 yards rushing on four carries in addition to hauling in a pair of passed for 87 yards. He had two more kick returns and also saw some time playing cornerback where one of his hits on a receiver in the flat brought the crowd to its feet.
The former Spartan, who battled injuries throughout his senior season, said it was great to be back on the field again.
“I was a little bit rusty, but it felt good to get back out and hit some people,” he said.
Robinson, who will be heading to Fayette to play for Central Methodist this fall, said he was willing to do what ever it took to help.
“I was just trying to do my part,” he said. “The coaches believed in me. There are a lot of good players out here. I just wanted to help my team.”
Rickart played defensive end and offensive tackle for the Blue squad and said he enjoyed his week.
“It was fun,” he said. “Our team was really close. We always messed around with each other.”
Both teams held two-a-day practice sessions in order to get ready for Saturday night’s contest. Rickart, who will be playing for Benedictine College this season, said learning both playbooks in a short amount of time wasn’t that difficult.