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By Shawn Roney-For The Richmond News
Hardin-Central football coach Kirk Thacker got to coach some of his players one last time Saturday night – and coach against a few of them for the first and only time.
Thacker was offensive coordinator and an assistant coach for the Blue All-Stars in the Sixth Annual Missouri Eight-Man Football All-Star Game, held at William Jewell College. The team’s roster of eight-man football standouts/recent high school graduates included four Hardin-Central players: Terry Barron, Charles Griggs, Gage Marshall and Michael Carpenter. Hardin-Central’s Allen Hall and Chase Sims were drafted to play for the Red All-Stars, who won 40-24.
“It’s not about winning and losing – even though you want to win…. Watching your kids on the other team do well and the kids on your team (do well) is what it’s all about,” Thacker said afterward. “And it’s just really a fun weekend for everybody.”
With six Hardin-Central graduates suited up, this year’s game “was extra special,” said Thacker, who coached in his sixth Eight-Man Football All-Star Game on Saturday.
“(I) just had a great time,” he commented.
Watching his former high school players make plays probably contributed to Thacker’s enjoyment. To his pleasant surprise, he saw Barron score on a 57-yard, second-quarter TD reception from Nodaway-Holt’s Nick Patterson.