Top 8-man grid stars meet Saturday at Wm. Jewell

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Hardin-Central Bulldogs will be represented Saturday night in the fifth annual Missouri 8-Man Football Coaches Association Senior All-Star game. The game will kick off 7 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Field on the campus of William Jewell College in Liberty.

Bulldog head coach Kirk Thacker, along with players Colton Layman and Cole Leakey, will be on the Red Team, while Hank Bowers will suit up for the Blue squad. The game features 41 of Missouri’s top 8-man senior football players. Players were drafted by the coaches and in some cases teammates could be facing each other across the line.

The head coach of the Red is North Andrew’s Jonathan Schoonover assisted by Tyler Anderson of Southwest Livingston County, Ross Hastert of Rock Port and Thacker. Dan Collins of Stanberry, the defending state champions, will head the Blue team.

“This game is fun for everyone involved,” Collins said. “There is a lot of great talent on the field, and that makes it a pleasure to coach. We have a lot of activities planned for the kids besides just football, and many new friendships are forged during the short time we are together. The games are usually highly competitive, but the atmosphere on the field is generally good-natured among the players and coaches.”

Both squads reported to Liberty today to begin practice for Saturday night’s contest.

Members of the Red team are: Colter Armstrong, Chilhowee; Josiah Carr, Chilhowee; Isaiah King, Cornerstone Joplin; Hunter Crockett, DeKalb; Colton Layman, Hardin-Central; Cole Leakey, Hardin-Central; Hayston Wilson, Mound City; James Walker, Mound City; Brett Johnson, Mound City; Kase Newcomb, Mound City; Zachary Officer, North Andrew; Tucker Null, North Nodaway; Derek Montgomery, Southwest; Mason Mehrhoff, Southwest; John Anderson, Southwest; Spencer Osborn, Stanberry; Jesse Oldham, Stanberry; Justin Mays, St. Joseph Christian; Nic Schebaum, Tarkio; and Kevin Stoll, Worth County.

The complete story is in the Thursday, July 11, 2013 Richmond News.

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