A pair of outgoing Falcons football players put on the pads recently as part of the North Texas Bowl/DFW East-West Classic at Pennington Field in Bedford. It was a showcase for some top local players to run, catch, throw, hit and tackle one last time as high-schoolers.
Timber Creek’s do-it-all running back from last season, Amon Lindsey, made his mark in the contest, getting a pair of carries in the second half and scoring touchdowns on both of them.
The first came on a one-yard carry in the third quarter that gave his West squad a 21-14 lead. The next came on what officially went down as a 13-yard score, but Lindsey covered far more ground than 13 yards on the play, which started left before he reversed field and retreated, finally picking an opening on the right side and taking it into the end zone.
“To make that kind of play in an all-star game, it made me feel like I am good and that I have potential to grow,” Lindsey said. “I’ve worked hard and it’s paid off.”
The West may have lost the game 31-28 in overtime, but the memories won’t be lost on Lindsey and teammate Cal Gregg, who was the Falcons’ third-leading receiver as a tight-end/fullback last season.
“I had a ton of fun and met a lot of people,” Lindsey commented. “One of the best moments of my life, honestly.”
For Gregg, who has no plans to continue playing football at the collegiate level, it was a welcome closure to his high school career.
“I felt like it was a great achievement,” Gregg said. “I’ve always wanted to play in an all-star game like that and show how all the hard work paid off.”
Timber Creek head coach Kevin Golden agrees that all-star games are great opportunities for players.
“I think it’s great for the kids to play in an all-star game,” he said. “It’s a great experience; they get to meet a lot of new guys. I’ve coached at the Oil Bowl before and it was a really good thing for the kids to get to meet guys that played for other teams and get a look at their own abilities compared to other people’s abilities.”
“When you’re out there, you realize that you’re not the only one that has worked hard to get to where you are,” Lindsey added. “There’s always someone working as hard it you. It also showed me that I have to keep working hard.”
Having a familiar face was helpful for the teammates, given that most of the participating players were unfamiliar with one another.
“At first it was kind of awkward, because nobody knew each other,” Lindsey confessed. “But then we started getting to know each other and started connecting a little bit.”
“It helped to have a teammate there,” Gregg said. “It was a lot more comfortable.”
Both Falcons were understandably honored to be invited to the game and to meet the other players.
“I was really excited. I felt accomplished, honestly,” Lindsey said.
“I was real excited to know that my accomplishments during the season allowed me to play an all-star game with a lot of good athletes around the Metroplex,” Gregg added.
Both players fully enjoyed the experience, and such experiences for Timber Creek players might also have helpful impacts on a program that, after four seasons, is still trying to make its mark in the Metroplex football landscape.
“I think it set a good example for a building program,” Gregg said. “Even though Timber Creek is still really young in football, it shows that the coaches are producing good athletes and people are doing big things with football.”
“Timber Creek has some great kids. For me to participate in an all-star game just shows them that just because the school is new, there’s still people watching,” Lindsey added. “You still need to work hard. Even if you think people aren’t watching, they’re always watching.”
Golden says he definitely sees a trickle-down effect from his players being recognized in all-star events.
“We had two that played in the Oil Bowl last year and the [returning players] did talk about it, saying things like, ‘I hope we get to get to play in one of those, too.’ I think the guys will want to keep that going and represent Timber Creek.”