Although the game won't be played, the honor is still something special for recent Colton High graduate Wyatt Earls.
Earls was one of only six Class 2A football players to be selected to the West squad for this year's East-West Shrine Game in Baker City. The game, which annually pits the best football players from the 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A ranks in a fundraising game for the Shriners, won't be played this year.
The game originally was slated for Aug. 1 in Baker City, but as with so many things, the pandemic has forced its cancellation.
He was listed as a quarterback/defensive back on the West roster and his Colton coach is pretty proud of all Earls has accomplished.
"I told him after our last game that he'd spoiled me," said head coach Brynie Robinson. "I believe Wyatt spoiled us all. He's always been the most athletically talented athlete on most any field, but what will always be most impressive to me, more than his physical attributes, are the attributes you didn't see on Friday nights or at track meets. There's an intense competitor that lies right below the surface where he doesn't show it outwardly, but you know it is there."
Robinson, in his fourth year at Colton, said the Vikings have had very little representation at the Shrine Game over the last decade-plus. Earls represents just the second starter on the West roster in that time, the coach said. With four classifications to sort through, the process to be invited is a very competitive one.
"Wyatt will go down in Colton history as one of the best athletes to come through the school, but he is also one of the best teammates and person to go here, too," said Robinson. "He constantly lifts his teammates up and defers credit."
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