Bridge City Cardinal sophomore Hunter Denton seen here during game action in the 2015 season. Denton has been selected to play wide receiver for the United States against Canada in the select USA Football Team on Feb. 5. RECORD PHOTO: Tishy Bryant

Staff Report – For The Record

Bridge City Cardinal sophomore wide receiver, Hunter Denton, has been selected to represent the United States against Canada at the 2016 International Bowl, Feb. 5. The International Bowl series will be played at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The games will be broadcast live on ESPN-3.

Denton is among just 58 high school football players selected among nearly 8,000 players nationwide. Denton will play wide receiver for one of the four high school-aged national teams which will compete against national teams from Canada. Denton will take the field for the United States on February 5.

“I am really excited and proud,” said Gary Denton, father of the young football player. “Hunter was given the opportunity to try-out and made the cut from players from all over the United States.”

Denton, 6-2 and 170 pounds is one of the fastest Bridge City athletes in a Cardinal uniform this season. He clocks a 4.4 in the 40 and played at wide receiver, corner back and a kickoff and punt returner in one of the best seasons the Cardinals (7-4, 4-2) have had in several years.

The U.S. National Teams are assembled and managed by USA Football, which is recognized as the sport’s national governing body by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

U.S. rosters and coaching staffs will be announced throughout December and are available on www.internationalbowl.com. Canadian rosters will be announced in early 2016.

The games are a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in high school football’s greatest annual international competition.

The event will feature a week of practices and activities for each team, culminating in internationally sanctioned competitions.

The NCAA recognizes USA Football’s International Bowl as a national team competition. Playing for the United States in the International Bowl is exempt from high school a senior’s limit of two all-star game appearances. USA Football and Football Canada are among the 71 national federations who are members of IFAF. IFAF’s member nations span six continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.