By William

The Kansas Eight Man Football Association (KEMFA) have selected the rosters for their 2020 8-Man, Division I All-Star football game and it includes five players from the greater McPherson County area.

For the East team, the 2019 8-Man Division I state champion Canton/Galva Eagles will be represented by quarterback/defensive back Landon Everett, offensive guard/defensive end Nick Pearson, and offensive guard/defensive tackle Jay Nightingale.

Working with the East team as one of the assistant coaches will be Canton/Galva Head Coach Shelby Hoppes. The head coach for the East team is Alex McMillan from Madison.

Players for the West team will include Brady Helms, a tight end/defensive end from Moundridge and Brayden Sears, a linebacker/tight end from Little River.

Everett led the Canton/Galva team to the championship by throwing for 1,533 yards and 31 touchdowns, running for another 1,310 yards and another 28 scores while also collecting 32 tackles on defensive of which 24 were solo stops plus making six tackles for a loss of yardage and for good measure, he made four interceptions as well. Everett not only led the Eagles to a perfect 14-0 record, but he directed the amazing 66 unanswered points in the state championship game after they were down 36-0 early in the second quarter.

Pearson was a key man on the Eagle defense as he collected 44 tackles, of which 29 were solo stops, recorded one quarterback sack, one interception and 13.5 tackles that resulted in a loss of yardage.

Nightingale was the key man along the Eagle offensive line and played a key role in opening the holes for Everett and company in the Eagles miracle comeback victory at the state championship game.

All Coach Hoppes has done for the Eagles is take a team that had just seven wins in 27 games the three years prior to his hiring, and in two seasons win 24 of 26 games including the state championship.

On the West squad, Helms recorded 49.5 tackles of which 29 were solo stops for the Wildcats, while also dropping opponents 7 times for a loss of yardage and still finding time to pick off two interceptions. On offense, Helms had 14 receptions from his tight end position that were good for 158 yards and four scores.

Sears was a leader at linebacker and tight end for a Little River team that ran off nine straight wins between their opening game loss to eventual state champion Canton/Galva and the Redskins loss to Wichita County in the state playoffs.

The Kansas 8-Man Division I All-Star game is scheduled to be played on Saturday, January 9 in Beloit, Kansas.

Congrats to all five of the area players and Coach Hoppes for earning the honors of playing in the game.

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