2018-07-18 / Front Page

Local athletes compete in annual all-star football game

Amanda York


Cloverdale’s TJ Hagymasi looks up into the crowd as the game is set to begin. (Courtesy Photo) Cloverdale’s TJ Hagymasi looks up into the crowd as the game is set to begin. (Courtesy Photo) Several area football players from both Owen Valley and Cloverdale High School took part the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association (WVFCA) All-Star football game at Indiana State University.

Recent OV graduates Daniel Burkett and Tyler Fears and CHS grads Tyce Jackson, Nick Winders and T.J. Hagymasi joined OV Coach Duane Potts on the Black Division sideline as Potts served as an assistant coach for the game.

The two teams, the Gold and the Black, battled it out, back and forth, before the Black team pulled out the win in dramatic fashion, 32-28.

With just a few ticks over two minutes left in the game, the Black team found themselves down 28-26. Burkett, one of three quarterbacks on the squad, was brought in and he faced daunting odds.

On 4th-and-8 from the gold team’s 49-yard line, Burkett threw a spiral down the right side of the field, connecting with Olney’s Braxton Burgener for the win, 32-28.


Tyce Jackson and Nick Winders pose for a photo following Saturday’s WVFCA All-Star game at Indiana State University. (Courtesy Photo) Tyce Jackson and Nick Winders pose for a photo following Saturday’s WVFCA All-Star game at Indiana State University. (Courtesy Photo) “Tyler played almost the whole game at guard and did a great job blocking, and helped our offense move down the field” Potts said. “Our defensive line was really, really strong during the practice time, but it took a little bit for our offensive line. But as the week progressed, they just kept getting better and better and they really shined on Saturday night.”

Potts took time out to praise Cloverdale center TJ Hagymasi, safety Nick Winders and running back Tyce Jackson for their great play throughout the game.

“We led early, they came back and got a lead and Tyler and Daniel both helped our offense respond with touchdowns. Tyler threw his blocking on offense and Daniel got the offense down the field.

“They looked like all-stars,” Potts said of the local players. “When they had chances to make plays, they made plays in tough circumstances.”

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