Zach Duncan, Times Record News
Published June 8, 2017
Colson Stovall won a state championship in the last game he played in.
The Gunter running back rushed for 180 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-7 rout of Boling in the 3A Division II championship.
“It was pretty awesome,” said Stovall, who will play for East Texas in this week’s Oil Bowl. “As kids, that’s all you ever dream about growing up is winning state. My favorite part was walking through the tunnel and hearing the crowd.”
The only Oil Bowl participant who played at AT&T Stadium with a title on the line, Stovall won’t be making his first appearance at Memorial Stadium when the all-star game is held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Stovall’s Tigers ended Canadian’s 15-game postseason winning streak the week before their state trip with a 44-34 victory in Wichita Falls that was much more competitive than the championship a week later.
“I didn’t expect it to be like that,” Stovall said of the Boling blowout. “We were just really prepared. We usually were for every game, but that game we were definitely super prepared.”
Stovall is looking forward to the next chapter in his life – playing college football at Culver-Stockton, an NAIA college in Canton, Missouri. But he’s also anxious for Saturday’s 80th Oil Bowl.
“I’m happy to put the pads back on again. I can’t wait,” he said.
More Memorial memories
Stovall isn’t the Oil Bowl player who’ll return to Memorial Stadium after claiming an exciting playoff victory there during the fall.
Three Munday Moguls – Day’veon Dockins, Jacoby Thomas and Dee Hemphill – celebrated at the local stadium over Thanksgiving weekend after beating Muenster on the game’s last play.
It was Dockins who caught the 13-yard touchdown pass with no time left on the clock in a 40-34 victory that proved the be the Hornets’ last playoff loss in a team boys sport. Muenster won state in basketball and wrapped up the 2A baseball state title on Thursday.
Both Oil Bowl teams have been practicing three different guys at quarterback this week. The East will go with Krum’s Brandon Reeves and Gainesville’s Hunter Turbeville plus Petrolia’s Dane Williams could get some snaps there in addition to playing receiver.
The West has been giving snaps to Burkburnett’s Mitchell Jennings, Rider’s Deven Smith and Electra’s Drake Cooper. West coach Chris Tackett (Windthorst) said all three have different skill sets they’re hoping to utilize.
Oil Bowl tickets
Tickets for the 80th annual Oil Bowl can be purchased at the Maskat Shrine (5101 Henry S. Freeway) or by calling 940-766-4511. Reserved seating costs $15 per person and general admission is $10.