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Godley kicker Rachel Evans set to become first female to play in Texas HS All-Star football game
The fourth annual North Texas Bowl/DFW East-West Classic will feature more than 100 football players, most of whom received all-district honors last fall. But it’s the inclusion of one kicker that may be the most intriguing.
Godley kicker Rachel Evans, who will represent the West team, will become the first female to participate in a Texas high school All-Star Game. Evans, along with three of her teammates, will face off against newly appointed Godley coach Duke Dalton.
Dalton, formerly at Palmer, agreed to join the East coaching staff before the announcement that he would take over as the Godley athletic director/head coach.
“I’m still wearing my Godley hat on the East side,” Dalton said with a chuckle. “I met with our kids after one of the workouts and told them to come out and support their teammates on Saturday.”
The game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pennington Field in Bedford. The West leads the series 2-1.
Ferris coach Aaron Emeyabbi will coach the East squad. Emeyabbi led Ferris to the Class 3A Division I bi-district playoffs and an 8-2 season.
“I was picked [by the committee] and I decided why not? It is good for the kids and there are so many good, talented kids on the team,” Emeyabbi said.
Among those talented players are Frisco quarterback Jake Battaglia, the District 9-4A Most Valuable Player, and Mesquite Poteet wide receiver Kody Edwards, who finished with more than 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The West will be coached by Gary McElroy, who led Burleson to the Class 4A Division II playoffs. His offense will be led by Joshua quarterback Garrett Hoffman, who rushed for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns and had 40-plus tackles as a free safety.
“Garrett Hoffman is one of the best athletes I have ever laid my eyes on,” said North American All-Stars executive director Rusty Bentley, who added Hoffman can “run like a fullback with the quickness of a tailback” and has a “cannon of an arm.”
Bentley and fellow executive director Rob Abernathie founded the game to provide the “average kid that works out every day and goes to school every day” one more chance to take the field. It gives players who did not garner interest from colleges an opportunity to impress college scouts in hopes of continuing their career at the next level.
North American All-Stars has two games: one in D-FW and the other in Houston.
“We have [coaches] out there to see what they’re going up against, but we also want to create an all-star atmosphere for the players,” Bentley said. “We want to make it feel like the Pro Bowl out there and create an energetic atmosphere.”