Area gridiron standouts selected for 2019 Bayou Bowl


PEARLAND — The 17th annual Bayou Bowl will be played on June 8 at 7:00 p.m at Challenger-Columbia Stadium in League City.

There are four area football standouts who were selected to play in this game. Three players will play on the West Team and one player will be on the East Team.

Playing on the East Team is Shadow Creek QB Ja'Marian George, Shadow Creek LB Darrion Brown, and Dawson OL Spencer Cody.

Playing on the West Team is Friendswood OL Michael Gibson.

The Bayou Bowl began in 2003 when the Texas All-Stars faced the Louisiana All-Stars with the inaugural game being won by Texas 32-29.

The original premise of the game was to alternate where games were to be played in Texas and Louisiana. However, the Louisiana High School Coaches Association adopted the game as their All-Star game beginning in the summer of 2004, but they recognized they didn't have the infrastructure like the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association and agreed to play all games at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown.

The two teams faced one another from 2003 to 2013 with Texas edging Louisiana 6-4-1 with the 2012 contest ending in a 23-23 tie.

After the 2013 game, Louisiana decided they didn't want to continue the event thus ending the Bayou Bowl between the two states.

In order to continue the Bayou Bowl, the GHFCA decided they would pit the Houston players in a revised contest between the East vs West of some of the Houston area football standouts. The first revised Bayou Bowl took place in 2014 at Fort Bend Mercer Stadium as the West squad edged the East team 7-0 in a game dominated by each defense.

The coaches also agreed to move the game by rotating the game one year on the East side of Houston and the other year on the West side.

The 2015 game was played at Stallworth Stadium as the West won 27-9. In 2016, The West won 14-9 at Rhodes Stadium in Katy. In 2017, the West continued their dominance with a 30-7 victory at Turner Stadium in Humble.

The 2018 Bayou Bowl was played at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown and the tide changed as the East pulled out a first-time thrilling 37-36 victory.

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Darrion Brown - Shadow Creek
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Ja'Marian George - Shadow Creek
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Michael Gibson - Friendswood
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Spencer Cody - Dawson