Freedom Bowl Classic rosters drafted

This summer’s Freedom Bowl Classic will have a new look, and a new location.

Instead of an East vs. West game, the team names have changed to American vs. National. This allows for balanced rosters. (Last year, the West team had a small turnout compared to the East.)

The game also will be played at McKenzie Stadium for the first time. The Freedom Bowl Classic started in the summer of 2003 and has been played at Kiggins Bowl.

The new roster format ensures that high school teammates will face each other in the July football game that raises funds for area Shriners charities.

Earlier this week, the two head coaches — Camas’ Jon Eagle and Evergreen’s Don Johnson Jr. — and other game officials drafted the teams.

Each player drafted has notified the Freedom Bowl that he is interested in playing in the game this summer. Of course, plans do change so the rosters are not finalized. But for now, here are a few thoughts:

Jess Krahn has got be excited. The Hockinson quarterback is the only quarterback on the American squad. Guess he should get plenty of snaps, huh? As of this writing, there are three quarterbacks in the Freedom Bowl Classic. The other two are on the National roster: Colston Vukanovich of Battle Ground and Ryan Peerboom of R.A. Long.

There are two Camas players on the National roster, and five on the American roster. There are four Evergreen players on the National roster and one on the American roster. Eagle of Camas is coaching the American squad and Johnson of Evergreen has got the National.

Victor Duran of Heritage is listed as a cornerback for the American squad. E’lon Mack of Heritage is a wide receiver for the National squad. We all want to see that matchup.

Click here to see the full rosters (as of today).

The game is scheduled for July 12 at McKenzie Stadium. Tickets cost $10, and that is for all day. There also are Clark County Youth Football games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

I hope to have a few more tidbits from the rosters in the near future.

The Columbian is planning its traditional reporting the week of the game, with stories featuring a player (or players) from each team as well as game coverage.




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