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Area players make big plays in All-Star football game

By Hayden Henry
June 10, 2017 at 10:16 p.m.
Updated June 19, 2017 at 2:45 p.m.

Pine Tree's Kenny Jackson runs the ball for the blue team during the Norteast Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Heart of a Champion All-Star Football Game, on Saturday June 10, 2017, at Lobo Stadium. (Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)

Traveion Webster brought the hat. Kendrevian White converted a big fourth down. D'Crayvan Polk turned on the jets for a long run.

Welcome home.

Longview was represented with seven players on the home turf for the annual FCA Heart of a Champion All-Star football game on Saturday night at Lobo Stadium.

It was an annual showcase that featured some familiar names throughout East Texas.

The Blue team broke a 7-7 tie at halftime for a 17-7 win over the Red.

"It's been a good experience this week," Pine Tree two-sport standout Shaffer Russell said. "I made a few friends over the week with guys that I've competed against my entire career.

"It means a lot for me to put on this helmet one time and to get out there and represent my family and my school."

Harmony's Michael Edmonson picked up Defensive MVP honors after hauling in a pair of interceptions in the second half for the Red team. Elkhart's DJ Williams was named the Offensive MVP. He rushed for 75 yards and both of the Blue team's TDs.

For Webster, who enrolled at the University of Louisiana-Monroe in late May, it was a homecoming and a chance to hear his name called — and bring the big hits — at Lobo Stadium one last time.

"It's been a lot of fun, a lot of work and adapting," Webster said of his short time in Monroe. "It's another level, something different. As we move on in life, we adapt to those things around us. It was great to be back here tonight. I'm going to miss this place. It was a great four years on this field."

Webster, who was honored with the Heart of a Champion award for the Red team, got that honor several times in the early going on Saturday as he recorded several big hits.

The highlights were plenty with Polk breaking a long run to the red zone. He broke through into the end zone reading 'Lobos' on the next possession. It was set up by a 40-yard pass play from Tyler Grace's Christopher Wilhelmi to Pittsburg's Deldric Shields, who will continue his career at Blinn.

After a big fourth-down stop from Daingerfield defensive end and TJC signee Cody Davis, White, on the Blue team, broke through for a 10-yard run and Malek Hamilton had back-to-back blasts to tie it up at 7-7 at intermission.

Hamilton closed his Bulldog career with gold at the UIL State Track and Field meet.

Pine Tree's Kenny Jackson made his presence known in the first half, hauling in several passes.

In the second half, Edmonson's two interceptions highlighted a defensive finish. Overton's Jacob Marshall had one interception and Van's Connor Houston had another. The first of five picks of the night went to a big man, Palestine defensive lineman Jake Neal, who pulled down one at the line.

After a 7-7 tie heading into the fourth quarter, Williams broke off a 50-plus yard run and scored to put the Blue team up, 14-7.

Elkhart's Jacob Walters added a 35-yard field goal to sure up the 17-7 win.

After the whistle sounded, both teams gathered at midfield to wrap a week of festivities.

"What a great week," Webster said. "At the end, we came back together as a family."

Webster and a large number now head on to the next level of collegiate ball.

For Russell, it's College Station as the Pine Tree standout begins his education with aspirations of becoming a doctor.

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