QBs teaming up for 76th Oil Bowl

Hutchinson, Paul playing on West team

By Zach Duncan

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Munday’s Dee Paul and Stamford’s Hagen Hutchinson were Class A’s two most dynamic quarterbacks this past fall, leading their teams to state titles.

Now they’ll be team­mates Saturday night in the 76th Oil Bowl.

Hutchinson, who signed with Midwestern State, was added to the West Texas roster Tuesday morning, providing an­other well- known regional name to the all-star game.

Hutchinson was sched­uled to play in last week’s Big Country FCA Myrle Greathouse All-Star Clas­sic in Abilene, but the Bulldogs advanced to the Class A state title game in baseball, shelving his foot­ball plans.

The Munday coaches had tried talking Hutchin­son into coming to the all­star game at Memorial Stadium, where his col­lege career will continue with the Mustangs. On Tuesday, Hutchinson’s dad — Stamford coach Wayne Hutchinson— inquired if the West team still needed players.

“It’ll be exciting to have both those kids in the same backfield and do some interesting things,” said Munday’s Patrick Corcoran, who is the West Texas offensive coordina­tor.

Hutchinson’s and Paul’s numbers from their senior seasons are staggering when combined. They to­taled 3,596 rushing yards and 59 touchdowns, plus 4,614 passing yards and 68 scores.

Paul will play corner­back and return kicks at Texas Tech, but he is going to be the West’s primary quarterback this week. In fact, the Red Raiders only released Paul to play in this game because Mun­day’s Corcoran and Ronny Lowrance are coaching in it.

Now with both dynamic playmakers, Corcoran said he’ll become more creative in trying to get both on the field at the same time.

“We can actually move Dee around and play some tailback. Play some wide receiver, too,” Corcor­an said. “It’ll be nice to watch both of them play one more time in the type of high school game like this. We’ll try to let them both shine in the ways that they can.”

OIL BOWL NOTES

■ Hutchinson isn’t the only Midwestern State quarterback playing in the Oil Bowl. The East Texas quarterbacks will be Cle­burne’s Quade Coward (Midwestern State) and Coppell’s Colby Mahon (Central Arkansas).

■ Three local players were among the handful of last-minute roster ad­ditions.

Rider defensive back D.J. Arnold (Abilene Christian) has been added to the East squad. He’ll be on the opposite sideline as ex-Raider teammate Brodey West. Munday’s Tyrone Dockins was also recently selected.

Graham safety Jerrod Mahan is also going to be playing in the Oil Bowl after earning Defensive MVP honors at last week’s all-star game in Abilene. Mahan had a 44-yard in­terception return for a touchdown in that 27-14 North win.

■ Tickets are on sale now for Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. Oil Bowl. They can be purchased at the Maskat Shrine or by calling 940-766-4511. General admis­sion is $10 and reserved seating is $15.

Tickets for the Oil Bowl Banquet, held 7 p.m. Friday at the Masket Shrine (5101 Henry S. Grace Freeway), are also on sale for $15.