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Players ready for Heart of a Champion Bowl

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The high school football season kicks off in 11 weeks. If you can't wait that long to watch a game, you're in luck. Some of the best graduating seniors in East Texas will play one final game Saturday night.

For some, The Heart of a Champion Bowl is the last chance to take the field. For others, college football awaits. Either way, these guys will put on their high school helmets one more time. "Getting to wear that rocking 'L' there is nothing like it," Longview center Landry Pepper said.

Whitehouse wide receiver Jake Parker added, "Its amazing, just to be able to represent my school again to wear my own helmet, put on for Whitehouse one more time." Longview defensive end Deroderick Alexander also said,"I missed the helmet, I put it back on and it felt good. I'm ready for that contact."

The pad popping will not only come between the red and blue team, but from former teammates who will be on opposite sidelines.

"We got Deroderick Alexander lining up in front of us at defensive tackle," Pepper said. "It will be just like old times in practice." Alto running back Jacolby Whitaker said, "Its going to be a little weird looking across the sideline the 'A' on the other side, but hey its still black and gold."

Along with a little trash talk, you know football payers always want to steal the show.

"It will be fun playing against Coleman," Parker said. "You know I'm real competitive so I am going to try and get more yards and touchdowns than him." Whitehouse receiver Coleman Patterson responded with,"There is definitely going to be some trash talking, that rival who is going to shine a little bit."

As competitive as football is, maybe just maybe the players will root for their former teammates. "Definitely, those are some of my three best friends on the other side, but in the end I want the blue team to win," White Oak lineman Jason Heim said.
Whitaker added,"I might cheer for him a little bit, but if it comes down to the game is tied up and he's got the field goal to make it, I'm going to be on the red squad man."

Because in the end, who doesn't want to end high school with a victory. We went 7 and 4, and I want to make it 8 and 4 just for me," John Tyler right tackle Tavarrus Wilson said.

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