A slate of football and volleyball games featuring the top talent from across the state in private school athletics was finalized today. The games are scheduled starting on December 15.
The event is being corporate sponsored and presented by Rivercity Sportswear and LSCSN.com
The bowl was started in 1996 and was played at Rice Stadium, home of the Owls from Conference USA. The bowl was originally played under the name of “Bayou Bowl” and was later moved to Houston Christian School. The bowl has also been played under the direction of the Houston Coaches Association in the past. The game was revitalized in 2011 by Sports Marketing Experts and continued by Dan Morgan.
“I look forward to providing the opportunity for the private schools to potentially be recruited because of the game. The bowl game last year provided several players the opportunity to play college sports,” Morgan said.
Several students from last year’s All-Star game are now attending Concordia, Texas Lutheran, University of Houston, Princeton, Oklahoma Panhandle State and many more.
Morgan has decided to continue the bowl this year and has enlisted the help of Sports Marketing Experts and Rivercity Sportswear to aid with marketing, branding and merchandise.
A 6-man football game, named the Greater Houston 6 Man All Star game, is scheduled for 12 p.m. on December 15. A volleyball three-team round robin tournament is at 11:30 a.m. The North versus South 11-man game, the Ted “Rock” Knapp Classic, will begin at 4 p.m.
Volleyball events will be played at St. Pius X High School. The 6-man and 11-man football games will be hosted by St. Thomas High School, all games will be played in Houston, Texas.
Tickets to all events are available for $5.00 each.
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More than 385 student-athletes representing 120 area high schools participated in the showcase, which provided an opportunity for local area high school seniors who did not sign Division I scholarship letters to showcase their skills and academic prowess to Division II, III and NAIA colleges to receive scholarship offers to continue their education. The event is free of charge to the student-athletes and to the colleges and universities. In 2011, there were 27 colleges/universities who attended and 208 participants received scholarship offers.
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SUGARLAND – Fort Bend Christian head coach Bruce Lane told the South squad throughout practices all week to prepare like champions and to play like champions.
In the end, they closed the game out as champions, beating the North squad 21-6
The South got started early, as Corpus Christi John Paul II quarterback Blake McKenzie found Cypress Community Christian’s Jason Groll for a 30-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
They struck again in the second quarter with Katy Faith West’s Grant Robinson threw to Chance Gray for the touchdown, sending the South into the half up 14-0.
While North quarterback Earnest Evans was pressured throughout the first half, he finally got his team up on the scoreboard with a 40-yard touchdown run.
Unfortunately, it would be the last time Evans and the North would score. Jason Groll put the final exclamation point on the game with a five-yard stroll into the end zone.
While the offense did the scoring for the south, the big story was the defense. The South defense hurried and frustrated Evans throughout the first half, taking him out of his comfort zone right away.
“He was a target and you can’t lie, in this game you have worries,” San Marcos Academy lineman Eddy Haddad said. “He’s a dual threat quarterback. He can run and he can throw so we came and got him, we brought our “D” and we showed up.”
When the time ran out on the clock, the South defense was responsible for six total interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Dominant would be an understatement.
“I think we kinda took them out of their game plan,” coach Lane said. “The quarterback from the other team is an exceptional athlete. Things change when it’s cold. Both sides dropped some balls they typically don’t.”
The game played in front of a capacity crown at Fort Bend Christian Stadium was only one part of the entire bowl experience for the private school athletes, including going to a Houston Aeros game to visiting Shriner’s Hospital and taking an official tour of Reliant Stadium.”
“Honestly this was the best honor of my life, this is one of the greatest games I’ve ever played and I’m so happy and so grateful to have had another chance to play this game one more time,” Haddad said.
“To prepare the way they did, to be focused the way they did and to become a team in a short period of time, we’re just excited for them.” Lane said. “They played well and now they have a memory they can take with them nobody can take away, they’re a champion.”
Long before the Texas All-Stars participating in tomorrow’s SportsMarketingExperts.com Bowl hit the field and received their last bit of instruction before tomorrow’s big game, the day had already begun a high note after two special visits.
The student-athletes visited Shriner’s Hospital in Houston, TX to kick off Friday morning.
Armed with plastic footballs and cups to autograph for children along the visit, it’s safe to say they left with much more.
“I liked it a lot, it was very eye-opening,” said San Marcos Academy defensive end Cody Watson.
“We have it really lucky compared to some people. We run and we exercise and lift weights and use our legs and arms and things that other people don’t have, and we really take it for granted,” Watson added. “Some people can’t go out and do the things we do. I realize how lucky we are with this god-given ability.”
Among the highlights of the visit for the student-athletes, gathered here from throughout the state, was a presentation at the gait lab, where high-tech motion analysis equipment is used for children with walking disorders due to cerebral palsy.
After their visit at the Hospital , next up was a tour of Reliant Stadium, touring visiting locker rooms, walking the sidelines and getting a bird’s eye view of the stadium from the Reliant press boxes among other stops.
For several of the game participants, it was their first time at a NFL stadium, and getting to see it from several angles , and behind-the-scenes, was a unique opportunity.
The North and South Texas All-Star teams will clash at 8 p.m tomorrow.at Fort Bend Christian Stadium in Sugarland. After practicing for three straight days, they will be ready to hit the field for what could be the last time for several of the participants.
“We’re getting after it,” St. Pius X defensive tackle Andrew Gonzales said. “I have one more chance to put it on.”
“It’s really just an exciting time for these guys to play one more time,” Fort Bend Christian coach Bruce Lane said. “That’s kinda the theme for the week, to play one more time and end up as champions.”
While most of the South squad talked about building immediate team chemistry after their first practice last night, I had a chance to visit the North Squad at The Kinkaid School tonight to see how this group differed and what their thoughts were after two days of practice.
While they are having the same experiences together, the North clearly has an eye on the upcoming game and the fact that this will be the last time many of them put on full pads.
“Good group. Everybody’s clicking, everybody’s fast,” St. Pius X defensive tackle Andrew Gonzales said. ” We’re getting after it. I have one more chance to put it on so (I’m looking forward to) a good game, having fun and meeting new people.”
While several of these student-athletes are from different parts of the State and are being melded together for the first time, they are far from unfamiliar faces and more like familiar foes.
“I really like the competition level and it’s a lot different than where I played so it’s nice to get to see some other guys and kinda measure myself up to them,” Bay Area Christian’s Andrew Pursley said. “It’s definitely weird to play with some of the guys I’ve played with before. There’s that rivalry.”
For North head coach Stephen Hill, he is now coaching players he scouted and prepared against on his run to the SPC Championship.
“These are some of the players we’ve played against that we’ve watched,” Hill said. “Getting to coach something like this is one of the things that I’ve always wanted to do so I’m honored to have this opportunity to go out there and coach these kids.”
While practices have been very fun for the participating players, a game still has to be played Saturday night, a fact not lost on several members of the North team, who said they may have some curiosity about what exactly is going on at South practices.
“Oh yea, I’ve got some guys I’m going to be playing against that I played in district this week so I’m looking forward to meeting them again,” Pursley said.
For Victoria St. Joseph’s Kolton Kilgore, curiosity certainly wasn’t going to kill the cat.
“I feel real good. The high-tempo offense, the intensity, I like it all,” Kilgore said. “I had a little bit (of curiosity) but they don’t got it going on like we do here.”
Look’s like the South squad just found some locker room material.
The Texas All-Star’s will visit Shriner’s Hospital tomorrow morning before their final practices at 7 p.m.
Before getting padded up for tonight’s practice, the Texas All-Stars are at the Toyota Center for the Aeros vs. Barons hockey game.
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