The 33rd Annual 8-Man All-Star Games will take place this Saturday at Trojan Field in Beloit. 80 of the top 8-man seniors in the state of Kansas have been getting themselves prepared with practices since Tuesday afternoon. The 8-Man DI All-Star Game will get things started with kickoff at 10:00. The 8-Man DII All-Star Game follows at 1:30. Pregame coverage begins at 9:30 on KD Country 94 and the 8-Man All-Star Game Radio Network, which is also online at www.8manallstars.com.
The Osborne Bulldogs will have great representation for another season for the DI East squad.
Since beginning play in 8-Man football nine seasons ago, the Osborne Bulldogs have built up an outstanding tradition on the field. A tradition that includes two undefeated 8-Man DI state titles (2013, 2016) and a 75-16 overall record (82% winning %). That success has turned into a long line of all-stars as well. Roxton Brown and Denton Schurr will be the 13th and 14th Bulldogs to play in the game. Cullen Riner, who resigned as the Bulldogs head coach after this past season, will also be an assistant coach for the DI East.
Roxton Brown was one of the top defensive players in the state during his time at Osborne. As a senior, he led his team on defense, as he registered 101 tackles, including 13 for loss, three sacks and a fumble recovery. In 2016, when the Bulldogs went 13-0 and won the state title, he had 78 tackles, ten for loss, three sacks and four fumble recoveries. He finished his career with 248 tackles with 28 for loss. Brown is set to attend Fort Hays State University in the fall to major in agronomy, but before he heads off, he’s excited to have one last opportunity to take the field with Schurr & Riner.
Denton Schurr has made a huge impact numbers wise on both sides of the ball throughout his Bulldog career. As a junior in Osborne’s state title run, he ran for 1,788 yards and 31 TD and had 2,157 AP yards. He added 74 tackles on defense that season. This past year, he added 1,311 yards and 23 TD rushing and 1,647 AP yards, as well as 75 tackles, five TFL, four sacks, 3 INT and two fumble recoveries on defense. Along with Brown, he was named the 8-Man DI District 4 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. When all was said and done, Schurr finished with over 4,000 yards and 68 touchdowns rushing, 88 total touchdowns and over 5,500 all-purpose yards. Schurr is the second member of his family to play in the 8-Man All-Star Game, as his brother Damon played in 2012. Denton echoed Brown’s comments about playing one last game with his teammate.
Schurr will attend NCK Tech in the fall.
Cullen Riner is excited to have one more opportunity to coach both of his guys. Riner had a record of 32-4 in three seasons as a head coach in 8-Man football with Osborne. The last two seasons, the Bulldogs went a combined 22-2. When asked about how much Brown and Schurr have meant to that success, Riner responded.
Riner has recently decided to stay on at Osborne as an assistant coach for Brandon Wise this next season, but for this group together, they will take the field for the final time this Saturday in Beloit. Again the 8-Man DI All-Star Game begins at 10:00 Saturday morning with pregame coverage at 9:30 on KD Country 94, the 8-Man All-Star Game Radio Network and 8manallstars.com.