by Jeanne Wride
Jacob Deollos, a graduating senior from Aberdeen High School, and son of Paul Wride, played the football game of his life Friday, May 23 at the Shelley High School Field.
Jacob was invited to play as a defensive lineman on the 5th district East Idaho All-Star football team. The challengers were the 6th district All-Star team, coached by the Idaho Falls High School football coaches. The game was held in front of a full crowd at the Shelley High School field. Family members from all over South Eastern Idaho came to watch the boys play and they were not disappointed.
Coach David Spillett, of Century High School, and his staff coached the fifth district boys. Players came from all high schools in the 5th district to play. The boys practiced together for three evenings at the Century field. They bonded as if they had played together all their lives.
Coach Spillett told them “they were the best of the best and it was an honor to coach them.”
The team wooed the audience as they made their moves, totally in sync with each other. There were lots of high fives and ‘good job’ from the players as they encouraged each other.
Unfortunately, the 5th District lost to the 6th District 21 – 27. However that did not dampen any spirits. The boys were playing for the love of the game.
Jacob almost missed the game due to a few blunders, but he made it. Jacob said “It was such a great experience to play football with all-star players and all-star coaches. They were all awesome!”
Jacob has played football since he was 10 years old on little league teams in Salt Lake City. He has played hockey, skiing and has been a snowbird since he was five. He enjoys dirt bike riding and has been a white water river guide on the Salmon and Colorado rivers. He is a certified CPR and First Responder.
Jacob was awarded one of 2014 Most Valuable Player for AHS, an all state defensive lineman and Idaho State Journal all area defensive lineman.
Coach Spillett said “Football is a game that you either love or hate, and this is a bunch of kids that absolutely love football. We’ll take any chance we can to throw on the pads. For a lot of these kids, it’s one last time and they get to do it as an all-star team.”