Washington Grads Loving Last Shot at Prep Football

Published 07/11 2014 09:58PM

Updated 07/11 2014 10:05PM

WMBD/WYZZ-TV - BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Casey Danley and Brogan Brownfield have an opportunity to be football teammates one final time Saturday.

They have been selected to play in the statewide Shriner's All-Star game.

"Some of the guys I've played against the last four years," said Brownfield. "I know they are high caliber athlete. It's a pleasure to be on the same field as them again.

Danley said, ""It's a great feeling to play football one last time with some of the best players in the state."

Brownfield, a lineman, is using the game as a tune-up to college football. He'll play at North Central College this fall.

But Danley, a running back, is playing baseball in Quincy University. This will be his final competitive football game.

"It'll be weird playing football one last time this weekend," said Danley. "I've got to make the most of it and enjoy what you have left."

This week provides some closure for these Panthers. Neither Danley nor Brownfield were real crazy about the way the season ended last year.

Washington lost an emotional state semifinal game at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin just six days after a tornado ripped through their town damaging roughly 1,000 homes.

"Ending the season last year at SHG after that whole week, it was a disaster," admitted Danley. "This is a great way to end my high school football career."

Neither player wanted that game to be their last game.

"When I took the pads off the last time against Griffin, I thought this will be the last time I take the pads off after a high school football game. It was heartbreaking," explained Brownfield. "But this is amazing to be able to play one more game with guys at the high school level."

One final prep football game. It might just repair the broken heart these Washington All-Stars had after their last game in uniform.

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