Football: Summer showdown – Wise County players to compete in Oil Bowl

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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Plowing the Way

PLOWING THE WAY – Decatur guard Ty Watson (70) makes a block to spring running back A.J. Martinez. Watson is one of three Decatur players and one of seven Wise County athletes who will play in the Oil Bowl Saturday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Seven Wise County athletes will compete in the 81st Oil Bowl Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.

The game, which divides players into East and West all-star teams, kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

The all-star event has been played since 1938. This year, Decatur graduates Ty Watson, Dylan Nation and Cole Denman, Bridgeport’s Colton Waters, Michael Cole and Caleb Jennings, and Boyd’s Logan Jones will suit up for the East all-stars.

“It’s been around for a long time,” said Decatur coach Mike Fuller. “Especially now with the Texas High School Coaches Association all-star game not being played, it’s a bigger deal, I think. It’s a chance to play one more football game.”

For many, like Watson, this will be his final football game. Watson is going to Oklahoma State University in the fall but is not playing football.

Watson was a second-team offensive line selection on the Associated Press 4A all-state team last season, grading out at 95 percent. Watson never gave up a sack in 2017 and helped the Eagles average 502.8 yards.

“I’m super excited to put a uniform and helmet on again and get ready for a football game one last time,” Watson said. “It’s going to be very special to put shoulder pads on one more time and get those emotions and butterflies in my stomach. It’s a very prestigious honor.”

The game also gives players from rival schools the chance to play alongside one another instead of on opposite sides of the ball.

Waters, who committed to Angelo State University, said he was looking forward to playing with some Eagles for a change.

“It’ll be cool and different suiting up with my guys from Decatur,” Waters said.

Waters was a first-team selection from District 3-4A Division II last season and led Bridgeport in receiving. He hauled in 61 passes for 1,160 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Bulls’ other representatives – Cole and Jennings – also earned all-district honors.

Cole was a second-team district selection, running for 316 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 53 passes for 605 yards and four scores. Jennings was a second-team selection as well, and signed to play football with Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

Denman and Nation rounded out the representatives from Decatur. Denman was a first-team selection from District 4-4A Division I and finished second on the Eagles in tackles with 121. He also notched five sacks.

Nation earned second-team district honors and was third on Decatur in tackles with 107. He recorded two sacks on the year.

Jones – the lone representative from Boyd – was a first-team selection from District 4-3A Division I. He ran for 641 yards and seven touchdowns for the Yellowjackets.

General admission tickets are $10. Reserved seats are $15. All proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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