Dillon Heinaman threw for more than 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior at Lindale High School.
Colton Brown, who was the recipient of 579 of those yards and nine of the touchdowns, will get to catch passes from Heinaman one final time as the two will team up on the Blue team during the annual Northeast Texas FCA Heart of a Champion All-Star Football Game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Along with the familiar face in Brown, Heinaman will have some new weapons at his disposal on Saturday.
“Throwing to guys like Robbie Williams (Chapel Hill), Dakota Pullum (Winona) and Semaj Boyd (Hallsville), that’s a lot of talent to get to throw to, especially on one team,” Heinaman said. “Regardless of if you throw a bad ball, they’ll make you look really good.”
Joining Heinaman and Brown on the Blue team is Lindale’s James Sandifer, who will be Heinaman’s college teammate at Hardin-Simmons. The Lindale trio will also have Lindale head football coach as the head coach for the Blue team, and Lindale assistants Matt Cochran, Scott Rozell and Jake Smith will be on the Blue staff.
Lindale safety Jaron Covey will be on the opposite sideline playing for the Red team.
“Jaron and I have been talking trash for about three months,” Cochran joked. “It’s going to be really cool to get to coach those guys one more time. They’ve meant so much to our program.”
“I already told (Jaron) that we’re going to be throwing at him,” Heinaman said.
Whitehouse’s Darius Trimble has played against the Lindale players in the past, but he will get a chance to be on their side for once.
“He’s been a headache to play against the last few years,” Cochran said. “I told him that it’s nice for him to finally be in blue.”
“It’s a great opportunity to play with these boys I’ve played against and some I’ve never met before,” Trimble said.
Longview and John Tyler are among the other schools that will have players on opposite sides for Saturday’s game.
“Those are my brothers,” said Longview running back Keilyn Williams, who will be on the Red team. “But it’s going to feel like a rivalry.”
“The plan is for me to hit him, and the plan for him is to try to get around me,” said Longview defensive back Jephaniah Lister, who will suit up for the Blue team. “It’s going to be just like a regular day of practice where we go against other full speed and have fun.”
Other Longview players on the Blue roster are Tainique Taylor, Logan Peters, Ja’Vontae Writt, Marcus Harry and Jaylon Allen. Other Lobos on the Red roster are Kamden Perry, Gavin Roberts and Kaylon Allen.
John Tyler’s Christian Hartsfield, Roy Lampton, Tyrell Jones and Dyvione Patterson will play on the Blue team, while Jarrius Lane, Frankie Sanchez and K’Lon Warren will suit up for the Red team.
As the All-Star week progresses, Bullard head football coach Scott Callaway, who is leading the Red team, recognized the work that went into the event and the initial purpose.
“I would like to thank Robert Bardin and all of the people with the FCA that put this together,” Callaway said. “It’s an honor to be a part of this and getting to watch these kids play in an All-Star game. It’s a really special ball game and a week to represent Christ through football.”