Lions all-star football game set for Warrensburg

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The 35th Annual Missouri Lions All-Star Football Game will be played in Warrensburg on Saturday.

The game features outstanding 2011 graduated high school football players from the entire state. Pre-game festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Wal-ton Stadium/Vernon Kennedy Field on the University of Central Missouri (UCM) Campus.

The annual affair was created in order to benefit the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation and has raised nearly $200,000 for this statewide Lions project.

The game pits some of the top football talent from around the state to play one last game with and against their peers before entering the world of college or other careers.

The game is divided into Blue and Gold Teams. Heading this year's Blue squad will be Rob Bowers, head coach of the Richmond High School Spartans. The Gold team will be piloted by Curtis Jasper, head coach of the Westran High School Hornets of Huntsville.

Four seniors from the I-70 Conference will be taking part for the Gold squad.

Wellington's Blake Seitz is the lone representative from the I-70 Conference who will be playing offense, listed as a wide receiver. For Quenton Bainbridge's Tigers, Seitz hauled in 82 passes for 1,197 yards (14.6 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns. He was voted as a first-team all-conference selection at receiver. He also earned first-team all-state recognition by the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA) and the Associated Press (AP). For the record, Seitz also was a second-team all-conference defensive selection as a defensive lineman.

The other three members from the I-70 Conference are listed as being on defense.

Jake Kemple of Crest Ridge is listed as a defensive back, Wellington's Dylon Register as a strong safety, and Orrick's Jordyn Butler as a defensive lineman.

Register, a first-team all-conference selection at receiver on offense and as a defensive back and a first-team all-stater by the MFCA at defensive back, had 131 total tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries for the Tigers, who bowed out in the Class 1 semifinals with a 26-0 loss to Westran, finishing the season 12-2.

Butler, an all-conference first-teamer on the offensive and defensive lines and an all-state first-teamer on the defensive line by the AP and MFCA, registered 35 solo tackles, 47 assists and 10 quarterback sacks for the 6-5 Bearcats of Pat Richard. The Bearcats were beaten 14-8 by South Harrison in the Class 1 regional round.

Kemple, a second-team all-conference selection on offense at running back, accumulated 37 solo tackles, 14 assists, two sacks, three fumble recoveries and one interception for Chris Cavanah's Cougars, who wound up the season 4-6.

The players and coaches arrived at UCM on Sunday.

The week will be spent getting acquainted, learning plays and two-a-day practice sessions, culminating with the banquet Friday evening, with University of Central Missouri head football Coach Jim Svoboda as the keynote speaker, and the game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets for the game will be available at the gate on game day at $7 for adults.

The Missouri Lions are pleased to announce this year's game will be broadcast live on KKWK (100.1 FM) Radio in Cameron, and at www.getinthegamestl.com.

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