Some will be playing their final game. Others will be warming up for college.

Either way, many of East Texas' top 2013 seniors will converge on the football field today. The reason: the third annual Chick-fil-A Heart of a Champion Bowl, presented by the Northeast Texas-Tyler Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The all-star game is set for 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $7.

A year after being held at Longview's Lobo Stadium, the game returns to its original venue. It was moved to Longview because of field renovations at Rose Stadium last summer.

Harmony's Tim Russell will be coaching the Blue team and Van's Jared Moffatt will be leading the Red team. They follow Lindale's Mike Meador (Blue) and Athens' Paul Essary (Red) as head coaches.

Russell's staff includes Meador, Chapel Hill's Brad Baca, Garrison's Craig Barker, Quitman's Ron Callahan, All Saints' Mike Hall, San Augustine's Don Hubbard, Harmony's Brian Mauk, Robert E. Lee's Darrell Piske and Bullard's Shannon Wilson.

Moffatt's staff includes Bishop Gorman's Coby Gipson, Mount Vernon's Mike Alexander, Van's Scott Doring and Sam Harvey, Whitehouse's Jared Freeman, John Tyler's Ricklan Holmes, Beckville's Eric Robinson and White Oak's Gerry Stanford.

The teams split the first two meetings.

The 2012 game featured the Red team rallying for 10 points in the fourth quarter to win 24-17. Chapel Hill's Avery Saenz, who won a state title the previous fall, connected with Tatum's Nate Pickett for the go-ahead score (27-yard pass) with 11:48 remaining.

Henderson's Del Barnes completed 4 of 6 passes for 118 yards and a score for the Blue. He connected on an 80-yard TD completion with Whitehouse speedster Jonathan Aldridge, who finished with four receptions for 114 yards and two scores.

The 2011 game was much more lopsided —- a 24-10 Blue team victory. John Tyler's Jeremiah Henry starred for the Blue, rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

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FCA Heart of a Champion Bowl

At Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium

Red Team Roster

Position Player School

WR  DD Franklin Jacksonville

DB Bobby Tanner San Augustine

RB Jalen Seahorn Eustace

DB Lorenzo Young Timpson

LB George Hutson Athens

DL Bryce Krumvieda Van

WR Buck Wilson Commerce

RB Chaston Bennett Rusk

DB Zachary Gossett Rains

DB DeQuayvia Brewster Kilgore

WR Justinn Spady Longview

TE Micky Morris Wills Point

LB Michael Taylor Alto

DB James Bradford Shelbyville

LB Kanon Walker James Bowie

QB Garrett Smallwood Van

DB Daniel Vasquez Grapeland

WR Merritte Greene All Saints

QB Trevor Spear Elysian Fields

DB Nakia Brown Longview

DB Jamarcus Warren John Tyler

DL Necolas Edwards John Tyler

LB Trent Jackson Carthage

RB Marcus White Tyler Lee

WR Brandon Lackner Bishop Gorman

LB Tyler Loven White Oak

DL Coby Bradford Hallsville

RB Thaddeus Fagan Hallsville

LB Kris Johnson Marshall

K Luc Swimberghe Lindale

DL Brannon Beaton Whitehouse

DL Alberto Balderas Marshall

LB Jalen Porter Longview

LB AJ Davis Kilgore

DL Aaron Liker Center

OL Justin Hopkins Van

DL La'Darrian Anthony Gladewater

OL Bryce Stephens Ore City

OL Brady English Gilmer

LB Chase Whitaker Mt. Vernon

OL Tanner Jones Alto

OL Justice Parker Henderson

OL Tyler Foster Mt. Vernon

OL Brandon Upshaw Chapel Hill

OL Matthew Roe Bishop Gorman

OL McKenlee Smith Whitehouse

WR Colin Jeter Longview

DL Lane Pearce Carthage

DL Kyle Purselley Eustace

 

Blue Team Roster

Position Player School

DB Cayle Bickham West Rusk

RB Tory White Longview

WR Patrick Brown Henderson

DB Javolick Garrett Tatum

LB Garrett Hounsel New Diana

QB Colton Mebane Bullard

RB Tony Hubbard San Augustine

WR Alan Peralta Harmony

DB Corey Bartley Longview

RB Tyler Ivery Sulphur Springs

TE Ethan Callahan Quitman

DB Harry El Hallaoui Mineola

WR Victor Hawkins Pine Tree

QB Blake White Grace Community

QB Shelby Rogers Brownsboro

RB Caleb Williams Frankston

DB Ivory Brown Palestine

DB Hector Peralez Kilgore

WR John Corrales Grand Saline

LB Ty Tolleson Lone Oak

DB Jake Anderson Lindale

DL Devonta Williams Paul Pewitt

LB DeMarkus Lathan Longview

WR Ty'Aundra Taylor San Augustine

LB Jon-Michael Gordon Elkhart

LB Tre Allen Longview

DL Travon Roquemore Henderson

LB Ty Cook Crandall

DL Cornelius Bell Kilgore

K Lumi Kaba Tyler Lee

LB Zack Holladay Bullard

DL Trevor Chasteen Mabank

LB Dillon Branson Big Sandy

DL Brock Kenyon King's Academy

OL Jesse Salinas DeKalb

DL Shaquille Rollins Troup

OL Ronnie Marsh Winona

OL Josh Boylan Grace Community

DL De'Aaron Roland Tenaha

OL Tristan Durden Tatum

LB Caleb Taylor Alba-Golden

LB Brody Jennings Maud

OL Will Miller Quitman

OL Keagan Smith Whitehouse

DL Dallas Green Spring Hill

OL Adrian Jackson Longview

OL Ian Chase Tyler Lee

OL Seth Hollingsworth Elkhart

WR Lin Gillham Grace Community

WR Haden Bryant Bullard

DL Delkei Derrett Tyler Lee

 

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