Oil Bowl to feature record number of area standouts

Zach Duncan, Times Record News
Published  June 5, 2017

Just like last year when Burkburnett’s Rizonn Hendricks(19) and Wichita Falls High School’s Darion Minor (26) suited up, this year’s Oil Bowl will have plenty of area football standouts

Thirty-seven area high school football standouts from nearly 20 schools will be arriving Wednesday at Midwestern State’s campus in preparation for the 80th annual Oil Bowl.

This marks the second year since the Maskat Shrine shifted focus to involving more area athletes in the all-star game played at Memorial Stadium. Saturday’s kickoff will take place at 7:30 p.m.

Among the selected standouts are both Times Record News Red River 22 Most Valuable Players from last fall – Iowa Park’s Bowie Franks and Munday’s Day’veon Dockins, running backs who will suit up for the West. In all, 20 large school and small school Red River 22 selections will represent their high schools one final time.

Three of Midwestern State’s local signees also will be represented in Rider’s Deven Smith, Electra’s Xavier Waggoner and Munday’s Jacoby Thomas.

All six head coaches leading the East and West either are at area high schools or used to be. Windthorst’s Chris Tackett will get to coach his son Brady one more time.

There will be a six-man football player on each roster as Notre Dame’s Skyler Whitten will represent the West and Tioga’s Travis Price will represent the East. Price will be playing for his coach Cody Patton, who was a longtime Holliday defensive coordinator and one-year head coach for the Eagles.

The 37 area players are the most ever to appear in an Oil Bowl, topping last year’s total of 31. The only three 11-man area schools who won’t be represented are Graham, Hirschi and Archer City – all of whom fielded young squads this past season.

Area football fans also may recognize some standouts from district opponents, especially on the East with Decatur running back Payton McAlister and Krum quarterback Brandon Reeves. McAlister was the 4-4A Division I Offensive Player of the Year, while Reeves was the District 3-4A Division II MVP after leading the Bobcats to a district title.

East Texas holds a 3-1 record over West Texas and has won two straight games since the Oil Bowl ended the Texas-Oklahoma format in 2013. Last year, Henrietta’s Cody Fletcher scored in overtime to give the East a 20-14 decision.

Oil Bowl notes

* 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 with net proceeds going to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

* The Oil Bowl will be holding a 7-on-7 tournament Saturday and also will be having a youth football and cheerleading camp Thursday and Friday. The cheerleading camp will be at City View High School, while the football camp will be at Memorial Stadium.

OIL BOWL ROSTERS 

WEST
Kyle Bowman, Holliday (Undecided), RB/LB
Zachary Burt, Hawley (Lubbock Christian), LB
Raymond Carrasco III, Olney (military), OL
Jaden Cerda, Baird (West Texas A&M), OL/DL
Darion Chafin, Burkburnett (Cisco College), WR/S
Drake Cooper, Electra (Undecided), QB/WR/DB
Colton Dickerson, Iowa Park (Howard Payne), WR/S
Day’veon Dockins, Munday (Vernon College), RB/LB
Kolby Donnell, Seymour (Texas Tech), TE/LB
Bo Felch, Clinton, Okla. (SW Oklahoma St.), OL/DL
Bowie Franks, Iowa Park (Tarleton State), RB/S
Cody Gary, Jacksboro (West Texas A&M), OL/DL
Dee Hemphill, Munday (Vernon College), CB
Tray Henderson, Holliday (Undecided), WR/CB
Mitchell Jennings, Burkburnett (Howard Payne), QB
Donnell Kendricks, Vernon (Kilgore JC), DL
Max Maxfield, Amarillo (Tarleton State), TE/LB
Rylan Reese, Quanah (Vernon College), RB/DL/LB
Conner Rhoades, Iowa Park (Tarleton State), OL
Juan Salazar, Vernon (Undecided), RB/LB
Chaz Smith, Vernon (Undecided), QB/RB/S
Deven Smith, Rider (Midwestern State), QB/LB
Brady Tackett, Windthorst (Undecided), WR/LB
Jacoby Thomas, Munday (Midwestern State), WR/CB
Xavier Waggoner, Electra (Midwestern State), TE/DE
Caleb Wall, Amarillo (Amarillo College), OL/TE
Skyler Whitten, Notre Dame (Undecided), RB/DB
Quinn Wilson, West Texas (Texas Tech), OL/LB
Kolby Youngblood, Burkburnett (Cisco College), RB

Coaches: Chris Tackett (Windthorst), Hugh Farmer (Seymour), Brian Hodnett (Haskell)
Assistants: Scott Belcher (Windthorst), Dan Loyd (Seymour), John Bennett (Jacksboro)

EAST
Antonio Barragan, Anna (Tarleton State), LB
Kandon Bennett, Henrietta (Rose State), WR/S
Marcus Carter, Nocona (Tarleton State), WR
LB Clement, Bowie (Midwestern State), OL/LB
Landon Davis, Henrietta (Howard Payne), RB/LB
Tanner DeBord, Lindsay (Undecided), RB/S
Hunter Flanagan, Pottsboro (Southern Nazarene), OL/DL
Stephen Gaines, WFHS (Wayland Baptist), RB/S
Sterling Headrick, Henrietta (Midwestern State), OL/DL
Danny Ho, City View (Abilene Christian), DB
Terry Lee Hogan, Decatur (Missouri Valley) OL
Zane Howard, Krum (Hardin-Simmons), OL
Brandon Hutto, Bowie (Undecided), RB/S
Zackery Johnson, Ponder (Undecided), OL
Parker Marshall, Nocona (Blinn College), RB/LB
Dakota May, Krum (Undecided), TE/DE
Payton McAlister, Decatur (Florida Tech), RB
Ben McCreary, Henrietta (Undecided), WR/FS
Brian Monroy, Gainesville (Undecided)
Abbas Muhammad, City View (Midland Univ. – Nebraska), CB/S
Gage Posey, Bowie (Undecided), RB/LB
Travis Price, Tioga (Undecided), RB/LB
Brandon Reeves, Krum (Hardin-Simmons), QB/S
Jared Richardson, Paradise (Texas Wesleyan), T/DE
Daunte Rose, Anna, LB
Tyrese Smith, City View (Undecided), TE
Colson Stovall, Gunter (Culver Stockton), RB
Hunter Turbeville, Gainesville (Tarleton State), QB
Regan Wilkins, Princeton (East Texas Baptist), DB
Dane Williams, Petrolia (Midwestern State), QB/S

Coaches: Dylan Stark (Bowie), Rudy Hawkins (City View), Cody Patton (Tioga)
Assistants: Quentin Berend (Bowie), Bobby Morris (City View), Roy Meija (Tioga