Parsons wide receiver Dariq Williams, St. Paul running back Adam Albertini and Erie lineman Caype Johnston have a gridiron date this summer as they were among the East selections to the 2020 Shrine Bowl in Topeka.
The Shrine Bowl announced its selections on Saturday during a selection show broadcast online.
For Williams, who was also a Class 3A KFBCA All-State selection, he was a bright spot on a team that struggled in the win-loss column.
The senior wideout hauled in a team-high 47 catches for 658 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“It’s great for Dariq,” Parsons head coach Kurt Friess said. “He’s worthy of the honor. He’s one of the greatest Viking athletes of all time. For him to go to the Shrine Bowl, I hope it means as much to him as it does to me.”
Williams’ Shrine Bowl moment came in Week 1, where he caught five touchdowns in a five-overtime win over Iola.
“I think the bigger the moment, the better the player he is,” Friess said. “He’s called ‘The Freak’ for a reason. People sometimes get blinded by his athleticism and they never see his competitiveness. That’s why I’m so happy for him. He has a desire to make plays.”
Friess put some lofty expectations onto his star wide receiver when and if he makes the trip to Topeka.
“He always wants to be the most exciting player on the field,” Friess said. “If he plays in the Shrine Bowl, he’ll be the most exciting player on the field.”
Albertini helped St. Paul finish the regular season undefeated, earn its fourth straight berth into the quarterfinals of the playoffs and was one of the most prolific offensive players in the state.
lbertini is also the third player from St. Paul to be selected to the Shrine Bowl in the past four seasons — Chandler Struthers (2017), Anthony Albertini (2018), Adam (2020).
“It’s amazing,” St. Paul head coach Keith Wiatrak said. “We’ve had three kids in the last four years selected to the Shrine Bowl. That’s impressive for our football program.”
In his senior campaign, the tailback tallied 1,764 rushing yards on 135 carries with 38 touchdowns — a 13-yards-per-carry average while scoring a touchdown every 3.5 touches.
As a quarterback, Albertini threw for 402 yards and five touchdowns. He added seven punt return touchdowns, three kick return scores, two interception returns to the house, a receiving touchdown and a fumble return to the end zone.
In all, Albertini racked up 57 total touchdowns in 11 games.
“Adam could’ve broken every record if I gave him the football as much as I wanted to,” Wiatrak said. “But we’re trying to build for the future and help our depth. Adam’s success is unbelievable for a career.”
Caype Johnston, a 6-foot-3, 315 pound lineman out of Erie, also earned a Shrine Bowl nod for this summer.
Johnston anchored a line for first-year Erie Red Devils head coach Eddie Kearns. The Red Devils finished the year 3-6.
“It’s great for the school to show that the hard work you put in can pay off in the end,” Kearns said. “That’s our philosophy from Day 1 here at Erie. We’ve got great kids here, so now we’re looking for some dividends down the road.”
Kearns pointed to the fact that Johnston fought back from an early season injury to earn a spot in the state’s premier all-star game.
“He’s worked very hard,” Kearns said. “He was injured for three games because of a broken bone in his hand. So he really had to work hard when he got back. It was very painful for him but he worked hard.”
The 2020 Shrine Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at Washburn University in Topeka.
2020 KANSAS SHRINE BOWL ROSTERS
Adam Albertini | St. Paul
Luke Barger | De Soto
Hunter Boone | Prairie View
Ty Bowman | Chanute
Quinn Buessing | Axtell
Brian Burns | Bishope Miege
Jaylen Carter | Washburn Rural
Thomas Cook | Blue Valley West
Kody Davoren | Rossville
Gabe Garber | Sabetha
Jonathan Goetting | Colgan
Da'Vonshai Harden | Topeka High
Kordan Harris | Aquinas
Connor Hasz | Paola
Kamble Haverkamp | Centralia
Conor Haviland | Humboldt
Colby Hoelting | Olpe
Atreyau Hornbeak | Marysville
Isaiah Jackson | Gardner-Edgerton
Caype Johnston | Erie
Kyle Kelly | Mill Valley
Bryce Krone | Bonner Springs
Ty Lindenman | Shawnee Mission Northwest
Nate Matlack | Olathe East
Hayden Pauls | Emporia
Grant Roush | Perry-Lecompton
Kauli Saili | Jefferson West
Cole Sample | Tonganoxie
Andrew Schmidtlein | Hayden
Ethan Shawver | Riverton
Reid Spachman | Blue Valley North
Evan Taylor | Blue Valley
Ky Thomas | Topeka High
Bryce Uphaus | Nemaha Central
Carson Williams | Jackson Heights
Dariq Williams | Parsons
Xavier Bell | Andover Central
Hayden Brown | Hays
Jeremiah Brown | Wichita West
Jared Casey | Plainville
Refujio Chairez | Garden City
Preven Christon | Maize
Alex Conn | Derby
Brady Dinkel | St. Francis
Tyler Dorsey | Derby
Scotti Easter | Andale
Beau Foster | Dodge City
Jacob Fredrickson | Buhler
Ty Garrett | Salina South
Garrett Harmison | Riley County
Creighton Johnson | Beloit
Jackson Cavanaugh | Salina Central
Dawson Martin | Conway Springs
Kade Melvin | Norton Community
Dalton Miller | Great Bend
Trevion Mitchell | Maize South
Joel Montgomery | Smith Center
Carter Morrow | Goddard
Chance Omli | Goddard-Eisenhower
Hadley Panzer | Lakin
Wyatt Pedigo | Hoisington
Riley Petz | Cheney
Kale Schroeder | Sedgwick
Sam Shields | Manhattan
Phoenix Smith | Bishop Carroll
Calvin Stapp | Colby
Nolan Streit | Clearwater
Kel Stroud | Chapman
Cody Stufflebean | McPherson
Javon Wheeler | Wichita Northwest
Joe Williams III | Wichita North
Hunter Yager | Scott Community