ET Football: Union Hill brothers bound for all-star game
July 13, 2017 at 7:47 p.m.
It's one last hurrah for Union Hill's Colton and Colby Wade before they go their separate ways. The twin brothers represent the East squad in tonight's 6-Man Division I All Star game at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The all star game is in conjunction with the week-long 6-Man Coaches Association Coaching Clinic at the Wichita Falls Multi-Purpose Events Center.
Union Hill, under the direction of first year coach Shane Mallory, went 12-2 advancing to the Class A state semifinals. The Bulldogs dropped a hard-fought 50-44 decision to the Jonesboro Eagles in Springtown.
The Wade brothers were integral parts to Union Hill's gridiron success in 2016. Both young men earned first team all state recognition on defense. The Bulldog defense ranked number one across the state among Class A schools, according to Mallory.
"We're so excited for these two guys. They get to come up here to Wichita Falls and show the rest of the state what they've earned the right to do. We're tickled for them and proud of their accomplishment," said Mallory.
Colton was sort of a jack of all trades player for Mallory's Bulldogs. His position on offense varied from quarterback to fullback, while he worked primarily at outside linebacker on defense.
"He's really a super intelligent kid and understands the game," Mallory said of Colton. "Six man is new to Union Hill, but he picked up and understood things really quick. For us, we could put him pretty much anywhere. He actually played center when we got here last year and I moved him to fullback."
Mallory described Colby as one with high intensity and energy.
"He has a motor that never stops. Colby earned all state as a weakside defensive end. He's relentless," Mallory explained. "He's long and hard to block. Colby was always involved. If the play ran away from him, he'd go chase it down. He just never stopped."
Colton plans to continue his football odyssey at NAIA Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, while Colby has signed up for military service in the United States Army and will be stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia. Both young men are set to report to their new locales later this month.
"I guarantee you these young men have bright futures in front of them," Mallory said "I'm so glad I got to know them, even if it was only for one year. I'm super, super close to those guys."
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