Motives are varied for the North squad going into the Southwest Oklahoma Senior Bowl.

For some, it’s all about having fun. Some are looking to impress college recruiters, while others are grasping onto friendships that have been created by football.

The game will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Stadium in Lawton. Teams have been split into regions of southwest Oklahoma to form the North and South.

For Stephens County, the North will possess the largest amount of local flair. Players representing Duncan, Marlow, Rush Springs and Central High will strap on pads and helmets for the last time in their high school careers.

“It’s cool to be able to play with different guys,” Duncan’s Jared Smith said. “Everyone is really good, so the game will be a lot of fun.”

Duncan wide out Smith, guard Clint Huffaker and tackle Casey Miller will take their skills to Lawton to showcase the Demons’ ability.

Coming out of Marlow will be five players. Quarterback Dent Dysart, wide receiver David Reynolds, linebacker Thomas Bruner, lineman Tyler Nunley and wide out Landon Collins are set to perform at the All-star game.

Rush Springs sends tackle Jared Bratcher, tight end Chase Nichols and center Andrew Moreno. Defensive end Chris Clark will be the lone Central High player in the game. He will transition from eight-man to 11-man football in the game.

Smith will also be kicking off for the North, and should see time as the team’s deep snapper. He will be going to Oklahoma State University in the fall, and said that he is looking to make the traveling squad as a walk-on. Smith believes that his best chances at achieving that in his freshman year is to go in as a deep snapper. To finish off his high school football career with being recognized as an all-star was special to the Duncan senior, although the transition back to the gridiron has taken an adjustment.

“It’s a honor to be able to say that I’m one of the best in my area,” Smith said. “I’ve been used to playing baseball. I was thinking I needed a glove when we started practice. It hasn’t been that hard to get back to football, though. There is more running with the sprints we have to do, but I love football, so it’s been fun.”

For Miller, the game presents the opportunity to impress college scouts. He has been offered scholarships to schools, but is still undecided on where to go and play.

“It’s going to be good to play one more game this year,” Miller said. “This will give the scouts a chance to watch us against good competition.”

When asked about the mentality going into the game, Miller was brief and focused.

“I’m definitely going out there to play hard,” Miller said. “That’s how I always play, so this game will be no different.”

Dysart will be one of three quarterbacks for the North. Coming out of Marlow’s 7-4 season as its starting quarterback gives Dysart confidence about playing at the skill level of the high school all-stars. Still, with the complexity of the position, he has had to adjust to new schemes, centers and wide receivers. This week, he has been working on timing and getting back into throwing the football.

“The hardest thing has been switching to the shotgun,” Dysart said. “Being in great shape doesn’t really matter in games like this, but timing is something I’ll have to work on.”

The game will also be an unexpected farewell occasion for the Outlaw senior.

“The seniors we have playing have all played together since middle school,” Dysart said. “After we lost to Kingfisher, we all walked off the field thinking we had played our final game together. Football has been a great bond for us, and we get to extend it one more game.”

Another facet of the all-star game is the cohesion that is necessary to form a team. While rivalries are created throughout high school, the players will now be pitted together for a game. That process has gone well, according to the Marlow signal caller.

“There is usually a lot of trash talking between Marlow and Duncan,” Dysart said. “But since we’re on the same team, it’s been pretty cool. We seem to be meshing together quickly in the practices.”

The North team completes its practice schedule at 4 p.m. today at Cameron Stadium. Special teams have been picked, offensive plays formed and defense knows its role.

Now it’s game time.

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