The Duncan Banner
While the high school football season ended several months ago, Saturday night marked one last chance for several Stephens County players to leave it all out on the field for the last time.
During the 24th Annual Southwest Oklahoma Senior Bowl at Cameron Stadium in Lawton, players from Duncan, Comanche, Marlow, Central High and Empire represented their schools proudly one last time in front of a solid crowd.
Perhaps the only sour note of the night was the game being forced to end early due to extreme lightning in the area, but the experience was still worth it for the kids.
“It was lots of fun being out there,” Central High’s Jarrett Sparks said. “This was a new experience for me stepping up to play 11-man against Class A all the way up to 6A. I’ll definitely miss the tradition at Central High with football. Coach (Darren) Lamar wanted to teach you how to become a man but still win at the same time, and I respect that about him.”
While Sparks’ teammate and fellow North squad member Ashton Wright didn’t get to see the field during the game, he still said it was fun putting on the pads one final time before going to play baseball at Oklahoma Baptist.
“This was a great experience no matter what happened,” he said. “I’m going to miss the adrenaline rush you get from Friday night lights, there’s nothing like that. Getting to play with a lot of good kids and seeing what college baseball is all about is something I’m definitely looking forward to.”
For Comanche quarterback Kale Reed, the game capped off a stellar season at quarterback as the CHS standout registered the only touchdown of the game for the North squad with a five-yard run in the first quarter to put his team up 10-0.
“This was a great experience getting to be out here with the best of the best,” Reed said. “I really wasn’t going to play in this game, but my teammates convinced me to play. We had a great relationship as a team, and I think it’s going to carry on. Just playing with a bunch of different guys was a lot of fun for me.”
Reed’s teammate Alex Tuttle also got to see his fair share of action on the field as he reflected on his experience in the Senior Bowl.
“I had a blast getting out there being able to hit some 6A kids,” he said. “Playing for Comanche has been a great experience for me. I’m going to miss all the life lessons that Coach (Steve) Justus taught us while we played for him.”
Comanche was also represented by David Alvarez, who saw playing time for the North squad.
Duncan’s Caleb Longest and Andrew Peercy also saw playing time for the North squad, both making an impact on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Marlow was represented by Colton Crowe, Wakely Bergner, and Rylan Skinner while Freddy Larsen played for the South squad while representing Empire.