Numerous senior athletes will compete for the final time in their high school careers Saturday, and two of Dodge City's own are among them.

    Recent Dodge City High graduates Jason Kirchman and Jeremiah Lee will represent the Red Demons in the 21st annual K101 Classic Bowl football game in Woodward, Okla. Saturday.

    This week a total of 87 schools from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas sent student-athletes to face off in girls and boys basketball, football, a cheerleading competition and sent representatives to makeup a 200 member marching band. The week culminates with the K101 Classic Bowl XXI game.


   Numerous senior athletes will compete for the final time in their high school careers Saturday, and two of Dodge City's own are among them.
    Recent Dodge City High graduates Jason Kirchman and Jeremiah Lee will represent the Red Demons in the 21st annual K101 Classic Bowl football game in Woodward, Okla. Saturday.
    This week a total of 87 schools from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas sent student-athletes to face off in girls and boys basketball, football, a cheerleading competition and sent representatives to makeup a 200 member marching band. The week culminates with the K101 Classic Bowl XXI game.
     "We strive to roll out the red carpet for these kids," said C.J. Montgomery, director of the Classic Bowl since the event's inaugural year in 1989. "We try to attribute to the best and the brightest. That goes for not only athletically, but also academically."
    All participants in the bowl's events, outside of the marching band, must be seniors and in good academic standing within their respective programs. All athletes are nominated by their team's coaches, and Justin Burke, head coach of the DCHS football team, elected to have Kirchman and Lee represent the Demons.
    "These guys were two of the best we've had," Burke said. "I think Kirchman was our greatest leader. He played both ways and so did Jeremiah. I can't complain about their leadership. Their performance was outstanding."
    Kirchman played both linebacker and wide receiver for the Demons and recorded 62 total tackles in his senior season. His breakout game on defense was an 18-tackle performance against Western Athletic Conference foe Liberal.
    Kirchman also scored four touchdowns on offense from the wide receiver position.
    Lee joins Kirchman on the west team after racking up 66 total tackles, 11 of which coming against Wichita East. He led the Demons with 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage during his senior season, even after having to help out on the Demons' depleted offensive line during the middle of the season.
    Together, the two helped lead Dodge to a 4-6 record, its first 6A playoff appearance since 1994 and the end of the 13-game losing streak to WAC rival Garden City. Neither Kirchman nor Lee have plans to play after high school, so the Classic Bowl will be their last opportunity to take the field.
    "They do a really good job," Burke said of Montgomery and the others who put on the bowl each year. "They run it with a lot of class and I think our guys are excited to be able to lace them up one more time."
    Woodward's KWOX-FM K101.1 will carry the game and Oklahoma State University football and basketball play-by-play announcer Dave Hunziker will have the call.
    The 101 Classic Bowl XXI football game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Saturday at Boomer Stadium.

Reach Keith Jenkins at (620) 408-9909 or e-mail him at keith.jenkins@dodgeglobe.com.