By Nick Gholson
Wichita Falls Times Record News
May 5, 2012

Eleven players from the Wichita Falls area have been chosen to play in the 75th annual Oil Bowl football game on June 9 at Memorial Stadium.

Anthony Wagner and Eddie Speight of Rider will team up one last time with Jim Garfield, who will be the head coach of the Texas squad.

Wagner had 1,655 yards of total offense and scored 26 touchdowns for the 10-4 Raiders last year. Bound for Cisco Junior College, the Rider running back ran for 1,071 yards (an 8.6 average) and 23 TDs and caught 38 passes for 584 yards and three TDs.

Speight, an inside linebacker who signed with Bacone College, had 96 tackles for Rider.

Wichita Falls High School will be represented by wide receiver Chance Garey, a signee with Wayland Baptist.

Garey caught 74 passes for 1,146 yards and 13 touchdowns to lead the Coyotes last season.

The speedy Brandon Sheppard of Hirschi, also a Wayland signee, was a two-way first team all-district football player and is a member of the two Husky relay teams that qualified for state meet next week.

Other area players selected to play in the Oil Bowl are: Blaine Curren of Burkburnett; Kaleb Littleton of Iowa Park; McCall Maddox of Jacksboro; Ryan Todd of Holliday; Kolten Booher of Henrietta; Tyler Coats of Electra and Madison Firmin of Bowie.

Curren is one of four Midwestern State recruits on the Texas roster.

The others are Arlington Sam Houston quarterback Kendall Jackson, Lubbock Estacado’s Ti Russell and Rowlett’s Rashid Turner.

There is another Rider tie to the game in that Burleson coach Jason Tucker, the defensive coordinator for Texas, is a former Raider. Tucker was a defensive standout at Rider in the early 1990s and graduated from there in 1993.

Stamford coach Wayne Hutchinson, the offensive coordinator for Texas, played in the 1984 Oil Bowl after quarterbacking Knox City to a Class A state championship the previous fall.

Texas and Oklahoma have met in 65 of the previous 74 games with Texas owning a 46-18-1 series advantage.

The Maskat Shrine Temple sponsors the game with all profits going to Shrine hospitals.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved and are now on sale at Bobby Evans Sporting Goods and Jerry’s Sporting Goods. You can order tickets by calling 940-766-4511.

The annual banquet will be at 7 p.m. onJune 8 at the Maskat Shrine Temple. This year’s speaker is former Southlake Carroll coach Bob Ledbetter.

The late Joe Golding, who coached Wichita Falls High School to four state championships, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the banquet. All players and coaches from the Golding era are urged to attend.

Banquet tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Maskat Shrine Temple