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Four Wise County football stars will be in action at least one more time when they hit the field Saturday.
Chico’s Dylan Hightower and Boyd’s Blake McDonald will take part in the Oil Bowl in Wichita Falls. Hunter York of Chico and Braden Broussard of Paradise will participate in the Greenbelt Bowl at Childress.
The 76th annual Maskat Shrine, Under Armour Oil Bowl, which up to this year had pitted Texas all-stars against Oklahoma all-stars, will now match two teams of Texas all-stars, east against the west. Oklahoma opted out of the event after last year. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
McDonald is the only player out of the four who has committed to play football in college. He signed earlier this year with Southern Nazarene.
“It’s a big honor for him,” Boyd’s Director of Athletics Brandon Hopkins said. “He should get a some playing time and meet some new people. It’s a great chance to soak up the festivities and be a part of something great.”
Hightower will be putting on the pads for a final time. He will attend Texas Tech in the fall, but not to play football. He is set to play linebacker Saturday.
“It’s a chance for him to play with the big boys,” Chico’s Director of Athletics Stephen Carter said. “It just shows if you put in hard work good things will happen to you.”
The Greenbelt Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. York, who led Class A in passing yards in 2012, should see plenty of playing time for the South.
His teammate, Broussard, will be up front, blocking for him.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized for you career achievements,” his father and coach, Scott Broussard, said. “Great thing to play your final game in an all-star game.”
Due to injuries, Broussard decided not to pursue playing football in college. York is hoping to play college baseball.