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East Texas coaches excited for Heart of Champion Bowl

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The coaching staffs were named for the 2014 FCA Chick-fil-A Heart of a Champion Bowl All Star game on Tuesday morning.

Mount Vernon's Mike Alexander will be the head coach of the Blue team, while White Oak's Jerry Stanford will lead the Red team.

"The vehicle FCA is to allow an organization to bring Christ to kids, I'm just privileged to be apart of it really," said Alexander.

There were also eight assistant coaches named for each team. It's something these coaches don't take lightly.

"Just to be mentioned in the same breath as some of these coaches and being apart of this is something you're proud of," said Tenaha head coach Terry Ward.

After the staff was introduced, it was time to for them to assemble a roster, via a draft. 

"The first thing I'm going to do is take coach Stanford's quarterback from him," said Alexander with a smile.  "One thing we learned if they played at Longview, they're probably a pretty good player."

All kidding aside, putting together a competitive team is always a coaches ultimate goal.

"It's not always about talent and having the best 40 time and speed, but finding those guys that will be football players and compete," said John Tyler head coach Ricklan Holmes.

For some players this game is the last time they will put on shoulder pads and a helmet. The coaches realize, there's no better way to go out, than a winner.

"It's a special occasion we get to share with them and try to make it as fun and competitive and put together a good experience for them as we can," said Tyler Lee head coach Darrell Piske.

"Every Texas high school football players dream is to play one more time," said Stanford.  "These guys get one more opportunity to do so and represent their school."

A total of 100 players were drafted Tuesday.  The final rosters will be announced Sunday, February 16.  The all star game will be played June 14 at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

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