Last Players Standing
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
It is always an honor to be the first to do something, for Jerrin Walton and William Bragaw it is an honor to be the last.
The former Hickman Mills football players will be the last Cougars to represent the school when they take the field in the annual Mo-Kan All-Star game 7 p.m. tonight at Shawnee Mission North High School. The pair finished their careers at Hickman Mills by leading the cougars to their fourth straight district title and will cap it all off by participating in the annual All-Star game.
Walton will play this fall at Missouri Western but for Bragaw this is his last game of football. Bragaw said it was an honor to be selected especially since it had been a while since a Hickman Mills player had been selected to participate.
“It is such an honor since Hickman Mills is collaborating into Ruskin,” Bragaw said. “Especially since we got selected into the Mo-Kan game because we haven’t had anybody selected to the game since I was in high school. For me and Jerrin to both represent it is a privilege.
Bragaw is happy just to have one more chance to play football. He will attend the University of Kansas in the fall, but will not play football for the Jayhawks.
“I walked off the field the last game of the year thinking I would never put on pads. Deep down in me it didn’t seem right. When I got the call I just lit up smiling I couldn’t wait.”
With Hickman Mills and Ruskin combining into one school (Ruskin) this fall nobody knew the final game of the 2009 season would be the last. Former Cougars coach Brett Greble said he is proud of Bragaw and Walton for their efforts during their high school career and that they have the honor of being the last two Hickman Mills athletes to represent the school.
“I tell you what it is a privilege for this to be the last hurrah,” Greble said. “At the end of the season we didn’t know any of the closings were going to happen. We get to represent Hickman Mills the very last time.
“From that senior class, Jerrin and William led that team to their fourth district title. I couldn’t pick two better kids to do it.”
While Bragaw will spend his night in the trenches, Walton could find himself all over the field. He played quarterback and defensive back for the Cougars but he will be one of the big weapons for the Missouri team. Walton will line up at quarterback and could see time in the slot or outside as a wide receiver.
For Walton it is a special night to represent his school one more time.
“It is a good honor to be the last quarterback to come through Hickman Mills and be able to play in the Mo-Kan game,” Walton said. “I am excited to be able to play.”
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach Dion send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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