By Ethan Colbert
The roster of this year’s Blue Squad in the Missouri Lions All-Star Football Game will feature a familiar face as Noah Pafford has been named to the team as a wide receiver.
Pafford, who graduated from Bowling Green High School in May, is the lone Bobcat to be named to the all-star roster. The Blue All-Stars are coached by Monroe City’s coach David Kirby.
This year’s Missouri Lions All-Star Football Game will be played on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. The game will be played on Kennedy Field at UCM Walton Stadium on Saturday, July 21.
Pre-game festivities are set for 6:30 p.m. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.
On Friday evening, the players and their families will be honored at a banquet on the campus of UCM. Speaking at this year’s banquet will be Colin Brown, who played for the University of Missouri Tigers and then was later drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown would later go on to play for the Buffalo Bills for four years.
Now in its 42nd year, the Missouri Lions All-Star Football Game was first organized as a charity event to raise funds for the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation. To date, the football contest has raised more than $200,000 for this statewide Lions project.
This year, proceeds from the ticket sales at all-star game will be donated to Missouri Lions KidSight.
Tickets for the game will be available at the gate on game day and can be purchased for $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Pafford is the son of Mike and Kim Pafford, of rural Bowling Green. His future plans are to attend college.