By Zach Duncan
Iowa Park’s Gerrit Deatherage not only gets to play for his high school coach one more time in Saturday’s Oil Bowl, he also keeps the family streak alive.
This year marks the third straight that a family member will appear in the Oil Bowl after his cousins Dillon and Landon Gonzales represented Graham the previous two sessions. Dillon Gonzales, the Steers’ all-time leading rusher, caught a 45-yard touchdown pass in the 2014 all-star game.
“It’s like a family rivalry. I wanted to be in it too.” said Deatherage, who will play college baseball at Wayland Baptist next year. “It’s a pretty big deal. I worked really hard for it this past year.”
Deatherage said the streak would be over after this year because his little brother doesn’t play football. He had 34 tackles and broke a team-high 14 passes as a first-team District 1-4A Division H selection.
Quanah offensive lineman Shawn Reinhardt was a late addition Wednesday to the West team after Hamlin’s Noe Arce didn’t show. Reinhardt, like fellow former Indian Mayson Leija, played in last week’s Greenbelt Bowl.
The area will still have 31 representatives in the all-star game because Rider’s Vernard Trammell won’t play for the East.
Of the 31 players, 19 were named to the 2015 Times Record News Red River football all-star teams.
BINDEL STEMS ASIDE
Rider coach Marc Bindel was supposed to be one of the East coaches at this week’s Oil Bowl, but is stepping aside after being involved in an incident Monday night at Rider’s new turf football field.
“I was honored and excited to coach in the Oil Bowl, but I didn’t want it to have any negative publicity brought on by me,” Bindel said.
Rider will still have two coaches working the Oil Bowl — offensive coordinator Robby Wood and offensive line coach Ben Nielsen.
The WFISD announced Tuesday that it would be launching an official investigation into Monday’s development when athletic director Scot Hafley approached former Rider coach Eric Ward and had a heated exchange about the use of the field in which Bindel was involved.
Each squad will work three different quarterbacks into the mix for Saturday night’s game. Leija, Electra’s Markeis Lee and Cisco’s Taylor Massey will take snaps for the West. Leija was the Greenbelt Bowl’s MVP after throwing a pair of touchdowns.
The East will rely on a couple of familiar faces to the area, too. Henrietta’s Riley Watson and Bells’ Derrick Ponder, who played his first two years at Iowa Park, will join Cumby’s Travis Taylor with getting snaps.
Tickets for the Oil Bowl are on sale and can be purchased at the Maskat Shrine office, 5101 Henry S. Grace Freeway or calling 940-766-4511. Reserved seating is $15 and general admission is $10.
One of the staples of Oil Bowl week is the banquet held the night before the game, but the Maskat Shrine is not hosting that event this year.
No Oil Bowl participant earned a state title this year, but it’s worth noting Muenster’s Dalton Bartel and Dalton Hess made it to the Class 2A Division II semifinals before losing to eventual champion Bremond.
The West will practice all week at Iowa Park High School, whil the East will be at City View High School. Practices are set for 9-11 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday.