Jonathan Hull and Zach Duncan
Published June 13, 2018
Jayden Coleman doesn’t have much experience playing the 11-man version of football – at least not at the high school level.
Coleman spent his days at Klondike High School near Lamesa playing six-man football, but will get his first taste of the 11-man game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when he suits up for the West All-Stars in the Oil Bowl at Memorial Stadium.
While he may come from a six-man background, Coleman doesn’t resemble most would consider the typical six-man player, standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing around 230 pounds.
“Six-man is a lot faster than 11-man and I had to adapt to it and just go with it,” Coleman said. “I played just about every position on the field. I just played wherever they would put me.”
Coleman succeeded wherever his coaches put him, too. He played center as a sophomore, earning honorable mention all-state honors from Texas Six-Man Coaches Association. He moved to quarterback for his junior year and was an TSMCA all-region selection.
He spent his senior season playing running back and receiver which also led to him picking up a TSMCA all-region nomination. The last two seasons he competed in a district that included perennial state contender and 2017 state champion Borden County, leading the Cougars to a 6-5 record and a postseason appearance.
The promise of his size and athleticism led to him signing to play football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, where he’ll focus on being a tight end. That and defensive end is where Oil Bowl’s West All-Star coaches envision him contributing this week.
“Those are the positions I was looking at, especially with my frame,” said Coleman, who was also a two-time TSMCA all-region selection for basketball. “The big thing with being in six-man is being athletic and being able to run all over the field. You’ve got to have some stamina for sure.”
Coleman hasn’t played 11-man football since before he was in high school, but he’s not daunted by the challenge.
“The schemes are different, but really the rules are the same,” Coleman said. “I’ve watched it on TV and been around the game all my life. I know the game. I just didn’t get to play it in high school.”
Coleman is treating the Oil Bowl as an opportunity to get acclimated to the 11-man game, while also enjoying the chance to play in the first of two all-star games he’ll play in Wichita Falls this summer. Coleman is also on the roster for the TSMCA Division I all-star game scheduled for July 14 at Memorial Stadium.
“I’m going to be getting used to some of the schemes (in the 11-man game),” Coleman said. “That’s why I’m here – to have fun and learn for the next level and have some experience under my belt going to Hardin-Simmons.
“It’s real special for me to be here. I’m honored they even asked me to come play. Coming from six-man, they may not even know who I am. (Stamford head coach and West coach Ronnie Casey) called and said, ‘I heard you could play, do you want to play?’ It’s just a real honor to be considered and to be here.”
Muenster’s Walterscheid reflects on title
The last time Dean Walterscheid strapped on the pads, he helped Muenster win its first football championship in school history at AT&T Stadium.
Walterscheid was the starting center for the Hornets, who took down Tenaha 27-20 in the 2A Division II title game after eliminating Petrolia and Munday earlier in the playoffs.
Walterscheid, who will study construction engineering at Texas Tech, had been inside AT&T Stadium before, but that experience couldn’t prepare him for what happened when Muenster took the field.
“I’d never been down on the field before,” Walterscheid said. “You get down on the field and you realize how big the stadium really is. That’s one thing I won’t forget.
“(Winning state) means everything. It’s something we won’t forget. We’ve been dreaming of that when we were little.”
OIL BOWL NOTES
DOUBLE DUTY: No local players preparing for this week’s Oil Bowl appeared in last week’s Greenbelt Bowl, but Childress receiver Joe Dan Gambol is doing both.
Gambol, who will be playing football this fall at Hardin-Simmons, was the Greenbelt Bowl MVP in his hometown all-star game. His 18-yard TD catch from Pampa’s Brandon Steward were the first points of a 13-7 North victory.
MUSTANGS IN ACTION: Three of the four local Midwestern State football signees will be appearing in the Oil Bowl. Rider receiver Jake Edgemon and Henrietta linebacker Zack West will suit up for the East, while Hirschi cornerback Gerrick McKinney will be on the West. Holliday’s Justin Jones, the Red River 22 Small School MVP, isn’t participating after injuring his hamstring during track.
TICKET INFO: The 81st Oil Bowl football game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Tickets for reserved seating will cost $15 and general admission will be $10 and are available to purchase beforehand at the Maskat Shrine Office (5101 Henry S. Freeway) or by calling 940-766-4511.