Eleven Orange County football players join Matthews in East-West All-Star game
Eleven former Orange County football stars will strap on pads Saturday for the East Team in the Southeast Texas Ford Dealers All-Star Classic. Bridge City native and Vidor head football coach Jeff Matthews will lead the East Team. Across the field coaching for the West Team will be Bryan Barbay, the son of the late Newton coach Curtis Barbay.
The game features senior football players from area high schools, nominated by their coaches and selected by the Southeast Texas Coaches Association the host of the event.
This year’s game, the third annual, is June 9 at Lamar University’s Provost Umphrey Stadium. Kick-off time is 7 p.m.
Orange County players for the East Team will feature West Orange-Stark Mustang running back Britton Lindsey. Lindsey was named The Record’s All-Orange County Most Valuable Player for his performance during the 2011 football season. Often hampered by injury, he powered the Mustang offensive as they rolled all the way to the regional finals in the state playoffs. Like a cannon ball in the Mustang arsenal Lyndsey churned out 1,724 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns.
Joining Lindsey will be Mustang teammates, Derek Ledet and Ian Jenkins.
Bridge City Cardinals playing for East Team are Malachi Busby and Cameron Colton. From the Orangefield Bobcats are all-stars Sterling Deslatte and Ty Johnson. Also on the roster are former Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears Ferrin Lawrence and Jordan Harmon.
Three of Coach Matthews former Vidor Pirates will suit up for the East Team. Jimmy Wright, David Bollinger and David Smallwood.
Two other Orange County athletes will be given special recognition by the Southeast Texas Coaches Association during halftime of the All-Star football game. Bridge City Cardinal pitcher Jacob Lemoine has been named 2012 Baseball Player of the Year. Bridge City cross country and track star, Bree Fontenot, has been named 2012 Girls Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Assistant coaches for Matthews on the East Team include: Dwayne Dubois (Vidor), Dickie Robinson (Vidor), Dwight Bickham (LC-M), Hiawatha Hickman (Silsbee), Greg Neece (Kirbyville), Mike Arnaud (PN-G) and Daryl Hobbs (Legacy).
Assistant coaches for Barbay on the West Team include: Blake Morrison (Coldspring), Kevin Barbay (Warren), Darrell Barbay (Anahuac), Mike McEachern (Huffman), Mike Stewart
(Lumberton), Ray Metoyer (Ozen), Brett McPhatter (East Chambers).
Mark Foreman, a retired coach from West Orange-Stark High School and the vice president of the Southeast Texas Coaches Association, said the All-Star game drew between 5,000 and 5,500 fans in 2011. Their goal for this year is to draw 10,000 fans.
The All-Star game raises funds to provide scholarships to local athletes and other charitable enterprises.