Eudora’s Abel selected to play in Shrine Bowl
When it came time to talk of his football accomplishments, namely recognition as one of Kansas' top high school football players with his selection to the 2008 Kansas Shrine Bowl team, Eudora senior Morgan Abel mentioned something that most high school students don't have the presence of mind to consider.
He mentioned the honor of representing his community.
"It means a great deal to represent Eudora because it's a great town, there's a lot of great people in it," Abel said. "It feels good to know that I get to represent them when I go to Fort Hays to play in the game."
The Shrine Bowl is a charity all-star game that will be played July 26 in Welch Stadium at Emporia State University. Over two million dollars so far, as well as any additional net profits, will be donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Abel had a solid year for Eudora, accumulating 50 total tackles, four and a half sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also was one of the anchors on an offensive line that led the way for the Cardinals, who rushed for 2,964 yards.
"What makes Morgan such a great player is he has that switch. On the field he became that intense, tough animal," coach Gregg Webb said. "He can play fast, but with good technique."
The senior was the first Eudora selection since Andrew Pyle in 2003.
He was one of 68 Kansas seniors to be selected to play in the game, the state's best players being divided into East and West squads.
Joining Abel on the East team will be former-Frontier League foes George Bazin and Jason Spradling of Louisburg and Anthony Giambrone of Baldwin.