78th Oil Bowl: West Team Update

Rider's Draven Montgomery
Rider's Draven Montgomery
Crowell's Mitchell Parsley
Crowell's Mitchell Parsley

Practice continued for the West Texas All-Stars Wednesday as the 78th Oil Bowl game drew closer.

Former Crowell star Mitchell Parsley is hitting the field to play 11-man football for the first time since fifth grade this week, as he gets prepared to make the switch permanently at Texas A&M-Commerce in the fall, where he will play safety. This week he's practicing at that spot, as well as the slot receiver/tight end position on offense.

He admitted that some of his teammates have been giving him a hard time about his six-man pedigree, but as those go, it's nearly unmatched. He was the consensus 6-Man Player of the Year the past two seasons, when he led the Wildcats to back-to-back Division I State Championships.

Click on the large video player to hear from Mitchell and his coach!

Lone Raider Fitting in on Coyote-Dominated Team

Rider's Draven Montgomery has a right to feel a little out of sorts this week. He's the lone Rider representative on a team with five Wichita Falls High School players, and three more Coyote coaches. 

Even the opposing team this week boasts two former Old High coaches.

Montgomery, who admitted some of the guys from across town are still "buddies" of his, showed at least one sign of solidarity on Wednesday. His white-and-gold Rider helmet, with the usual Raider decal on the left side, was sporting a red-and-black "block-W" on the other side.

Montgomery will play wide receiver and safety for the West team, before heading off to Cisco College in the fall.

Click on the video player to the right to hear from Montgomery!