Fifty-five players representing 23 schools are slated to participate in tonight’s 14th annual Wrangler Football Bowl at Seminole’s Chieftain Stadium. The kickoff is set for 8 p.m.


Fifty-five players representing 23 schools are slated to participate in tonight’s 14th annual Wrangler Football Bowl at Seminole’s Chieftain Stadium. The kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
The game matches the North squad versus the South squad with players chosen from schools in a 50-mile radius of Seminole.
The host Chieftains have the most representatives, seven on the South squad, of any school involved in the game. Representing Seminole are Payton Broome, Daniel Mitchell, Justin Brewer, Cord Presley, Jesse Starr, Wendell Reese and Coltan Coley.
Holdenville has four gridders on hand for the South with Harrah, Wewoka, Konawa and Coalgate with three apiece. Lexington has two entrants with Maud, Sasakwa and Bowlegs chipping in one player apiece to round out the South’s 28-player roster.
There are 25 players listed on the North squad, including Shawnee’s Jon Wright and Brandon Carter.
Tecumseh and Prague are scheduled to have four players apiece.
Bethel and Okemah have three apiece, while Depew, Bristow, Meeker and Little Axe will join Shawnee with two each.
Proceeds from the game go to the Seminole Booster Club.
“We’ve had some good practices and most of these kids are in good shape,” said Seminole assistant coach and Wrangler Bowl spokesman Wade Rigney.
The South squad is under the guidance of the Bowlegs coaching staff. The North unit is coached by members of Prague’s staff.
Under game rules, if a team trails by 21 points and scores, it can choose to either receive the ball or kick off. Also, on all kicking situations, only the two outside defensive players can apply a rush. Both squads must utilize a 4-3 defense.
Last year’s contest was dominated by the South, 23-0, as Seminole’s Mitchell Brown was the ringleader.
While the North coughed up five fumbles in the rainy matchup, Brown did little wrong. He threw touchdown passes of four, six and 60 yards en route to garnering the South’s Most Valuable offensive player award.
Brown also had several outstanding runs and didn’t commit a turnover.
Other award winners from last year’s game were Wewoka’s Winston Jackson, the South’s Defensive MVP; Shawnee’s Chris Bedwell, the North’s Defensive MVP and Drumright’s Eric Tulley, the North’s Offensive MVP.
Bowl sponsors hope to receive better weather conditions than what transpired in 2007.
The game was delayed 43 minutes in the first quarter as heavy rain passed through the area.
Note: For a complete look at the game rosters, see the Scoreboard.