Rosters have been announced for the 17th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic, a charity all-star game with proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Tooth Truck.
The game will be played at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, at Parkview High's JFK Stadium in Springfield. Tickets are $6 and children ages 6 and under get in free.
East battles West with rosters featuring Southwest Missouri players. Players from the Central Ozark Conference Large and Big 8 Conference, as well as the Ozark and Spring River Valley conferences, make up the vast majority of the West roster. The West, which features players from perennial state champions Webb City and Lamar, owns a 14-2 record in the Grin Iron.
Players from the Neosho Daily News coverage area selected to the West roster include Neosho's Jarvis Funk, Seneca's Max Roark and Gavin Dunnam, East Newton's Zach Whittlesey, and McDonald County's Israel DeSantiago. Former Neosho coaches Dustin Baldwin and Zac Nelson will be on the staff, coaching quarterbacks (Baldwin) and linebackers (Nelson).
Funk made the senior year switch from wide receiver to running back under new head coach Leon Miller. Funk thrived at running back after a successful junior season at receiver. On a night when Neosho racked up over 500 yards of total offense, including 450 on the ground, Funk helped the Wildcats to a 41-6 win over Logan-Rogersville with over 200 yards on 19 carries.
Funk signed with NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist (Bolivar) to continue his academic and athletic career. The Bearcats signed Funk at wide receiver.
Roark made a return to football for his senior year after having not played since he was a sophomore. Roark earned a state wrestling title during his sophomore year.
Roark definitely made a sudden impact on his return to the gridiron and helped the Indians secure a 9-2 overall record.
Roark became a standout defensively, picking off eight passes and recording 45 tackles (33 solo, 12 assist) and one quarterback sack.
Offensively, Roark caught a team-high 12 passes for 255 yards and six touchdowns.
Roark intercepted four passes in a win over Osage and his four picks tied him for the state's second-highest number of interceptions in a single game. Several players have intercepted four passes over the years, including former Seneca player Austin Eidson in a 2001 game against Lamar.
Dunnam, a powerhouse on the defensive line and then tight end for the Seneca ground attack, finished with 56 tackles (21 solo, 35 assist), seven quarterback sacks, five quarterback hurries, and three forced fumbles.
Dunnam played tight end for the U.S. 18U team against Canada after his junior season, so he brings that experience with him to the Grin Iron.
DeSantiago rushed for over 1,000 yards during his senior season, one in which he returned to prominence in the McDonald County offensive scheme after a junior season during which the Mustangs passed the football heavily.
DeSantiago helped the Mustangs improve by five wins under new head coach Kellen Hoover, who came over from Monett.
DeSantiago and fellow Mustang senior Cole DelosSantos recently signed with NCAA Division III Westminster to continue their academic and athletic careers.
Whittlesly's play on both lines was one of the highlights for a winless Patriots season.
2018 GRIN IRON CLASSIC ROSTERS
WR: Arkell Smith, Carthage
QB: Riley Watkins, Republic
RB: Sammy Robinson, Mount Vernon
RB/DE: Cooper Lucas, Lamar
WR/DB: Jarvis Funk, Neosho
QB: Braeden Hinton, Nevada
QB: Cash Link, Webb City
K/P/OLB: Jayden Buttram, Mount Vernon
S: Aidan Thompson, Joplin
DB/WR: Max Roark, Seneca
FS: Andrew Montemayor, Mount Vernon
DB: Dillon Lancaster, Carthage
RB/WR/DB: Clayton Dunning, Aurora
S: Garret Knight, Cassville
RB/LB: Israel DeSantiago, McDonald County
LB: Javis Berlin, Webb City
RB/SS: Braxton Shadden, Nevada
K/OL/DL: Raul Reyes, Sarcoxie
P/K: Joshua Scheiderer, Kickapoo
LB: Jordon Rogers, Webb City
DE: T.W. Ayers, Lamar
WR: Chris Comerford, Sarcoxie
DL: Ethan Vang, Joplin
DL: Zeke Wall, Carl Junction
OL: Landon Bebee, Webb City
OL/DE: Coy Butterworth, Monett
DE: Elijah Robinson, Webb City
DT/OL: William Anoai, Kickapoo
OL/OLB: Wyatt Graves, El Dorado Springs
DL: William Prince, Carthage
OL: Taylor Howard, Carl Junction
OL: Trenton Byers, Pierce City
OL: Chris Barber, Marionville
C/DT: Oswaldo Garcia, Nixa
OL/DL: Will Price, Stockton
RB/DB: Spencer Eagleburner, Ash Grove
DE/TE: Gavin Dunnam, Seneca
WR: Logan Sparkman, Lockwood
DL/OL: Zach Whittlesey, East Newton
OL: Hunter Bailey, Cassville
TE/P: Colin White, Greenfield
Head coach: Tom Cox, Mount Vernon
DC/DB: Chris Johnston, Mount Vernon
OL/ST: Kelly Beckner, Mount Vernon
DL: Garrison Earnest, Mount Vernon
WR: Broc Wolfe, East Newton
RB: Craig Weldy, Aurora
QB: Dustin Baldwin, Republic
LB: Zac Nelson, Republic
Honorary coach: Joy Maberry, Mount Vernon
DB: Nick Pead, Branson
DB: Kyle Hunn, Branson
DB: Patrick Lane, Mountain Grove
QB: Carter Otwell, Mountain Grove
QB: Quintin Batson, Willard
FB: Noah Sandridge, Fair Grove
RB: Preston Carson, Ozark
RB: Kelly Newton, Reeds Spring
DB: Will Gourley, Mountain Grove
RB: Hunter Puckett, Springfield Catholic
FB: Quincey McDonald, AVA
FB: Heath Southwick, Springfield Catholic
RB: Hunter Bray, Lebanon
FB: John Berry, Lebanon
TE: Ethan Burson, Willard
DB: Lincoln Jones, Springfield Catholic
LB: Joe Satterley, Ozark
LB: Brock Herrold, Ozark
DL: Connor Whitney, Camdenton
DL: Harrison Brownell, Camdenton
DL: Isacc Stormes, Rolla
LB: Danny Adams, Springfield Central
DL: Ethan Gatzemeyer, Waynesville
DL: J.D. Bowling, Salem
OL: Remy Bilodeau, Glendale
DE: Cannon York, Lebanon
DE: Deryl VanNostrand, Marshfield
DT: Jace Gorn, Ozark
OL: Cody Lanning, Ozark
OL: Ben Grandon, Parkview
OL: Dalton Curtis, Ava
C: Casey Console, Springfield Catholic
DE: Hunter Robertson, Fair Grove
OL: Asa Baker, Reeds Spring
OL: Dugan Kelly, West Plains
OL: Daegan Sympson, West Plains
DL: Chazz Sawyers, Camdenton
RB/C: Connor Moran, Camdenton
OL: Evan Howard, Salem
DL: Bailey Bewley, Ava
DB: Bronson Tavenner, Logan-Rogersville
DB: Easton Hanks, Ozark
TE/WR: Jared Gentry, Buffalo
FS: Koel Orchard, Mountain View/Liberty
DE: Cameron Chesick, Logan-Rogersville
Head coach: Dan Swofford, Ava
OC: Joe Shantz, Ava
RB: Casey Merrifield, Ava
WR: Garrett Baird, Ava
QB: Bill Voorhis, Fair Grove
DC: Mark Talbert, Fair Grove
DL: Dalton Pierce, Lebanon
LB: Will Christian, Lebanon
DB: Lance Gosch, Reeds Spring
QB/FB: Chad Depee, Ozark