The Waco High-Temple football rivalry is one of the oldest and most prolific matchups in Central Texas.
Now it’s even extending its way into all-star competition.
Waco High’s Marty Herbst and Temple’s Scott Stewart will serve as the head coaches for the 10th annual Super Centex Victory Bowl, which will be played June 9 at Waco ISD Stadium and will benefit the Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Herbst just completed his sixth season as head coach of the Lions after a long stint as an assistant, having compiled a 36-31 record with three playoff appearances. He’ll coach the blue squad for the Victory Bowl, and will be assisted by Lampasas’ Troy Rogers, Granger’s Walt Brock, Mildred’s Cody Fagan and Corsicana’s Steve Hoffman.
Stewart wrapped up his second season as Temple head coach in 2017, and owns a two-year record of 22-8 with a trip to the Class 5A state championship game in 2016 and a regional final appearance this past season. He’ll coach the red team in the Victory Bowl alongside Abbott’s Terry Crawford, Central Texas Christian’s Jeremy Calahan, Covington’s Charles Steele and Riesel’s Robert Little.
For the first time this year, the coaches drafted players not from a specific pool of Central Texas schools but rather the entire area, allowing for athletes from the same high school to end up on opposite Victory Bowl sides.
The Heart of Texas FCA also announced the Victory Bowl coaches for the other all-star games. Robinson’s Kelsi Reynolds will serve as head coach of the blue volleyball team, assisted by Live Oak’s Natalie Friesen. The red volleyball head coach will be Troy’s Rachel Melancon, alongside assistant coach Shana Steinmetz of Italy. The volleyball contest is slated for June 9 at University High School.
Bryan Kent of 2017 state finalist Robinson will act as head coach of the blue team in the third annual Victory Bowl baseball game. Kent’s assistants are Groesbeck’s Cameron Sellstrom and Jarrell’s Dean Fitzner. They’ll be opposed by the red team, with Copperas Cove’s Dusty Brittain as head coach and Bremond’s Taylor Rowe and Mart’s Kyle Stone as assistants.
The softball game will feature McGregor’s Andrea Holdbrook as the red head coach, helped by Holy Trinity’s Mike Carranza and China Spring’s Liza Czajkowski. The blue team will be led by Kerens’ Aaron Kinney and assisted by Drew Cleavinger of Lampasas and Megan Nieuwenhuis of Rosebud-Lott.
The baseball and softball games are slated for June 8 at Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton.
Also, new this year will be the inaugural Victory Bowl Golf Tournament, pitting many of the area’s top golfers against one another. The blue golf team has a Waco ISD connection, with University’s Carl Thomas as head coach and Waco High’s Sara Mabile as assistant. The red team will be led by Temple’s Landon Wesley and assisted by Midway’s Harvey Welch.
The golf tournament will be held June 5, likely at Twin Rivers.
Rosters for the various games will be revealed on Feb. 11.