Hunter Igo and Isaac Keener thought Nov. 24, 2018 would be their last chance to wear Derby green.
However, the senior duo will wear a Panther helmet one last time as they play for the West roster in the 46th Annual Kansas Shrine Bowl.
WHEN: Saturday, June 8, kickoff set for 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Memorial Stadium, Dodge City, Kan.
TICKETS: $26 reserved, $16 adult GA, $10 student GA (18 & under)
For a look at game rosters from the Kansas Shrine Bowl, click here.
Proceeds through donation, ticket funds and other mediums go to the Shriners Hospital for Children. The game has raised over $2.5 million in support since its inception in 1974.
“Growing up in Derby, I knew a lot about it,” Igo said. “I know the good things that it stands for and what comes out of it. It’s not just a football game and there is way more to it than that.”
Igo and Keener join Brody Kooser (2018), Peerlus Walker (2017), Brady Rust (2016), Darreon Jackson (2015) and Jose Delgado (2014) as selections over the last six years.
Playing in one of the state’s best defenses last fall, Keener said he was blown away to be chosen amongst him and his teammates.
“Defensively, we had a bunch of people who could have made it,” he said. “Definitely an honor.”
The pair is also celebrating a chance to play with a high-school teammate one last time.
“It’s definitely special,” Keener said. “It’s an honor to play on behalf of Derby and representing our teammates. It’s especially cool getting to do it with one my brothers and I’m definitely going to give my all and 110 percent.”
With camp opening up this week, both players expressed excitement for getting to know their teammates better and in some cases, meeting some they’ve played against and never been able to talk to personally.
For roughly the last 10 years, the only exception to including multiple players from one school was in emergency situations as the game got closer.
Shrine Bowl executive director BJ Harris said a change was made with an understanding that some schools have more than one player deserving of being selected. Coaches were given the choice to select a second player from one school near the time of finalizing the roster.
After playing in the game, Igo will continue preparation to play baseball and football at Fort Hays State. Keener will be moving to Topeka to play football at Washburn.