• Photo by Stephen R. Farris/Journal Sports
    Chandler Boyd (42) and Mitchell Waller (14) take a break in between plays during last Saturday’s Heart of Texas FCA Victory Bowl football game played at Waco ISD Stadium.
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    Madison Wilson, left, from Groesbeck and Alanni Connor, right, from Mexia, teamed up to cheer for the Blue team this past weekend at the Heart of Texas FCA Victory Bowl games and festivities.
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    Former Groesbeck Goats quarterback got the starting nod at the Ninth Annual Heart of Texas FCA Victory Bowl for the Blue team. Waller saw action in both the first half and second half of the game.
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    Groesbeck head football coach, Steve Hale, was just as animated on the sidelines for the Blue team coaching staff at the Ninth Annual Heart of Texas FCA Victory Bowl held Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium, as he is during the regular season at Goats football games.

Groesbeck represented well by former athletes at the Ninth Annual FCA Victory Bowl festivities

By Stephen R. Farris, Journal Sports

It was a week filled with learning experiences, the opportunity to fellowship with new made friends and help out in the Waco and surrounding communities for athletes in the greater Central Texas area.

Representing Groesbeck were players Mitchell Waller and Chandler Boyd, who teamed up together for the Blue team.

Waller was the starting quarterback, getting playing time in the first quarter and off and on in the second half. Boyd was used as a wideout on offense and was the holder on field goal attempts and the punter as well.

Groesbeck head football coach, Steve Hale, served as one of the members of the Blue team coaching staff and Madison Wilson represented the school as a Blue team cheerleader, joining the squad at both the volleyball and football games in cheering the teams to victory.

Waller signed his letter of intent to play college football next season for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Boyd signed to play baseball at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Also representing Limestone County and Freestone County were Coolidge’s Manual Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz played his high school career as a six-man football player, but he managed to make the adjustment to the 11-man game played on Saturday rather well.

He played the majority of the game as an inside linebacker for the Red team, getting in on a few tackles and putting pressure on the quarterback.

Zach Jones and Jayce Black out of Wortham also played quite a bit in Saturday’s game.

Jones was the starting quarterback for the Red team and had plenty of snaps under center in each half. Black - normally on the receiving end of Jones passes during the regular season for the Bulldogs - was used more for his defensive prowess at outside linebacker, making a few tackles and assists throughout the game for the Red team.

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