Rider’s Deven Smith is playing in the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl this year….a dream of his rooting deeper than just football, it’s a family dream!
“My dad is actually a Maskat Shriner, so it’s pretty cool to get invited to it after going to it every year and watching all the kids play in it,” says Smith.
Smith is also excited for the All-Star game because of the opportunity to play with his friends from other schools, “During the season I heard of everybody, everybody’s name on the news, and finally I get to play with them. Even getting to play with some of my old friends at Holliday that are playing in the Oil Bowl, too. So that’ll be pretty fun!”
Smith played a variety of positions on the football field for the Raiders, and he’s hoping to do the same thing on Saturday Night, “In the Oil Bowl I’m going to try to play a little bit of quarterback, some linebacker, and I want to try to play some receiver….just try to do it all.”
But he’ll likely be sticking to defense in the fall. Smith will be back at Memorial Stadium, but now, as a Midwestern State Mustang.
“I can’t wait to be there with everybody. I’ve been working out with the kids and I’ve gotten to know them a little better, and they just seem like all brothers to me”
You may also recognize Smith from the baseball field. Smith was one of the many talented seniors on this year’s Raider squad leading the team to a 25-win season, a district title and a bi-district championship.
“It’s sad it’s over with for baseball, but at the same time it’s kind of exciting because I can move onto the next chapter in life and play football.”