On the heels of announcing the 2019 Shrine Bowl coming to Dodge City a returning state title game was announced.

The 2017 Wild West Bowl will be played at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4. The inaugural Wild West Bowl was held last year at the stadium.

"It was a no-brainer," said Jay Gifford, Dodge City High School athletics director and member of the Dodge City Sports Commission of bringing the game back. "The game had barely ended when it was decided we wanted to do this again."

The Wild West Bowl was created to crown the Kansas 6-Man Football State Champion. A consolation game will be played at 2 p.m. with the state championship slated for 4 p.m.

Schools participating in 6-man football include Cheylin, Golden Plains, Natoma, Fowler, Pawnee Heights, Weskan, Western Plains and Wheatland-Grinnell. Fowler dropped to 6-man football this season.

"The schools were happy, the football teams were happy and we were happy with the attendance," Gifford said. "We were also pleased by the community participation, so we were happy to do it again."

Last year Weskan Coyotes defeated Pawnee Heights Tigers 36-18 in the championship contest.

This year — through five games — Pawnee Heights is unbeaten at 5-0, while Weskan is 4-1, Cheylin, Golden Plains and Wheatland-Grinnell are all 3-2, Fowler and Natoma are each 1-4 and Western Plains is 0-5.

Memorial Stadium is home to the Dodge City Red Demons and has the capacity to seat 5,000 spectators. It plays host to DCHS football, Dodge City Community College football, middle school football, DCHS and DCCC soccer and the annual Western Athletic Conference Track Meet. Memorial Stadium is also home to the largest high school video scoreboard in Kansas.

The stadium will also host the 2019 Kansas Shrine Bowl game as was recently announced by the Shrine Bowl and Dodge City Sports Commission.

The Shrine Bowl game will feature the state’s best high school football players of the year, as well as cheerleaders and band members from across Kansas. Through 2017, the West All-Stars lead the series 27-16-1. All Stars such as Gary Spani, Mike Bell, Paul Coffman, Barry Sanders, Terrance Newman and Jordy Nelson have played in the Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Businesses interested in being a part of the Wild West Bowl are encouraged to contact Molly Madsen at tournamentdirector@dodgecity.org for a sponsorship package and details. Tickets to the event will be sold the day of the event.


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