SPRINGFIELD — The rosters for the 2017 Grin Iron Classic have been released and the Daily News coverage area will be well-represented on the West roster.

SPRINGFIELD — The rosters for the 2017 Grin Iron Classic have been released and the Daily News coverage area will be well-represented on the West roster.
Neosho’s Coleman Scott, Jalen Timberlake and Bryce Murphy, East Newton’s Coleman Booker and Seneca’s Lance Hymer account for five roster spots on the West.
The game will be played at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 2, at Springfield Parkview's JFK Stadium. Tickets are $6.
The reason for the Grin Iron name is that the football all-star game is part of an effort to benefit the Springfield Ronald McDonald House Charities’ dental clinic named the Tooth Truck.
Missouri Southern recruit Scott will be one of a multitude of quarterbacks on the West roster, along with Mount Vernon’s Garrett Hadlock, Aurora’s Payton Evans, Kickapoo’s Chris Lawson, Monett’s Ian Meyer, Carthage’s Keith Guest II and Bolivar’s Connor Secular. That’s a few of the state’s best quarterbacks all on a single team. Will there be enough playing time to go around? However, Evans is also listed at wide receiver.
During his senior campaign, Scott led the Wildcats to a 6-5 season with his arm and his legs.
Scott rushed for 829 yards and 12 touchdowns on 178 carries, as he led the Wildcats in rushing by nearly 400 yards, took 76 more carries than the next-highest player and the rest of the Wildcats combined for 13 rushing touchdowns, split amongst five players.
Scott passed for 2,501 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 164 for 262 accuracy, completing 62.6 percent of his passes, highlighted by a 81-yard TD pass to Murphy. Scott averaged 227.4 yards passing per game, 9.6 yards per attempt and finished with an 110 QB rating.
Murphy, after a year’s absence from the Wildcats, made a sudden impact on the Wildcats his senior campaign, combining with Scott to form one of the best quarterback-receiver connections in the state.
Murphy caught 56 passes for 1,225 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 21.9 yards per reception and one TD every 4.7 receptions.
In a 25-20 win over Ozark at Bob Anderson Stadium, Murphy returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and electrifying start to the game, then had 30-yard and 50-yard TD receptions, all three plays in the first half.
Speed rusher Timberlake wreaked havoc on opposing teams’ quarterbacks all season. He produced 84 tackles (68 solo, 16 assist), eight sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, 22 tackles-for-loss, 24 hurries and eight knockdowns. Those 22 tackles for loss produced 85 yards of losses.
Timberlake put together two sacks in each of the first two games of the season against Branson and Ozark, but saved his best for last in the district playoff classic against Nixa with 15 tackles (12 solo, 3 assist), two sacks, six tackles-for-loss and four hurries.
Booker earned back-to-back All-Big 8 Conference selections at linebacker and he was the Patriots’ lone representative his junior season. The Patriots ended a lengthy losing streak going back to the 2014 season with a 14-0 win on Homecoming against Newton County and Big 8 rival Seneca.
Missouri Southern recruit Hymer made 75 tackles (48 solo, 27 assist) with two tackles-for-loss, one hurry, two pass deflections and one interception during his senior season.
The West has been dominant in the previous 15 games, owning a 13-2 series edge and won last season’s contest 16-15 highlighted by a defensive stand in the game’s final moments.
Ash Grove’s Jackson Bagley gave the West the 16-15 lead with a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter and that lead held up … just barely.