Over six months ago, Scotland County’s Bryson Orton figured he had taken his pads off for the final time. The recent Scotland County graduate and standout Tigers’ football performer figured he had suited up the for the last time when SCR-I lost to South Shelby in the district semifinals.
That brought to an end a solid two-way career for Orton who had been a mainstay in the trenches on both sides of the ball for the Tigers during his four-year varsity career.
Now Orton is getting another chance to suit up, one that possibly could lead to additional opportunities on the college level. He will be representing Scotland County in the upcoming Do or Die Bowl all-star football game.
Orton will be part of the West all-stars, from the Quincy, IL, region, who will be taking on Illinois’ West all-stars in the 2018 Do or Die Bowl to be held Saturday, June 23rd at 6 p.m. in Hannibal.
The 13th annual all-star game now sponsored by the Interstate 72 Football Coaches Association, will feature teams divided into squads based on geographical location east and west of Jacksonville, IL.
Orton will get a chance to play alongside several former foes from the Lewis & Clark Conference, such as Knox County’s Hayden Miller, Cory Moubry and Nick Edwards and Breck Hancock of Paris as well as district rivals Dylan Threlkeld and Phillip Hercules from South Shelby.
Other West team all-stars from Missouri will come from Bowling Green, Monroe City, Hannibal, and Palmyra and will be joined by Illinois teammates from Quincy, Unity, Rushville Hamilton and Brown County.
The East squad will feature players from Athens, Jacksonville, Pleasant Hill, Riverton, Rochester and Springfield.
Orton and his teammates will be practicing nightly next week at Quincy Notre Dame High School.
As a senior, Orton was named 1st Team All-Conference in the Lewis & Clark at defensive tackle and was a second-team selection on the offensive line.