The seniors representing Kilgore High School, Overton and West Rusk in the annual Northeast Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes football all-star game didn’t come out with a win last weekend, as they did so many times at their own schools.
But they did get to suit up one more time, and likely gave their families one more Friday night football rush.
The Blue all-stars defeated the Red All-Stars, 20-10, on Saturday night at Longview’s Lobo Stadium in the annual contest, which showcases recently-graduated seniors as a part of the FCA’s Heart of A Champion weekend. Baseball and softball all-star games were also played on Friday night at the University of Texas at Tyler campus, as a part of the festivities.
For Kilgore, Bucky Duke, Austin Adams, Braden Grush and Isaiah Smith all suited up for the Red, as did West Rusk’s Levin Hughes and Overton’s Ashton King. Only West Rusk’s Dee Johnson of that group got the win – Johnson was on the Blue all-stars.
The game was close throughout. Longview standout A’Darius Carter connected with Texas High quarterback Riley Russell on an 89-yard pass play that gave the Blue team the lead, and then the Red tied things up on an 11-yard pass from Paul Pewitt’s Lucas Hungerford to Sulphur Springs’ Simeon Taylor. Duke caught an 8-yard pass to convert on third down on that drive.
The Red team took a 10-7 lead into halftime, courtesy of a 50-yard field goal by Jacob Williams of Grace (Tyler).
In the second half, though, Carter struck again, this time on a 13-yard pass from Mount Enterprise’s Jase Bell Jones, that gave the Blue a 13-10 lead, and then Gladewater’s Isaiah Davis scored on a 25-yard run, what would be the final score of the game.
Grush and Adams were both key members of the Red’s offensive line, and Isaiah Smith finished with 50 yards on eight carries. Duke was one of the award-winners, bringing home the Heart of a Champion Award – Bucky is following the footsteps of older brother Shadow Stokes, and is headed to Midwestern State University this fall to play football.
Carter was named the game’s most valuable player.
The Kilgore area had no all-stars in the softball game on Friday night, but Kilgore’s Harlee Biggs and Sabine’s Will Shawn played for the Red team in the Heart of a Champion all-star baseball game, Friday night at UT Tyler’s Irwin Field.
Unfortunately for Shawn and Biggs, the Blue all-stars won, 12-2.