Area Grads Ready For One Last Football Game

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Some of the best high school football players in the state will play at the annual Shriner’s All-Star game Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan.

And many of them are from small schools, ready to show they can play on a big stage.

“The way I see it is everybody should get an equal opportunity, it doesn’t matter what size your school is,” said running back Ryne Faulk of El Paso-Gridley. You are playing kids your same age. I don’t think that determines talent as much as you just have to prove it.”

The game kicks off at 11 a.m. at Tucci Stadium.

Dash Anderson/Farmington All-Star: “I just think I am as equal as them,” said Farmington star Dash Anderson of lining up against players from big schools. “I just grew up in a smaller town. Just because they are bigger doesn’t necessarily mean they are better. But they obviously are good because they are all-stars.”

Jack Arnett will represent one of the smallest schools at the game, Princeville.

“It’s obviously a change of pace. I am playing 1-A football and now I’m going against all these alphas,” Arnett said. “But I’m pretty confident. I am not scared because when you play scared that is when you get hurt.”

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