The gauntlet will be thrown down on Saturday night.
The West team, which has a six-game winning streak against the East, will be challenging their counterparts as the 39th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl football game takes place.
Kickoff for the prestigious all-star game, which benefits Shriners hospitals, is set for 7:08 at Emporia’s Welch Stadium on the Emporia State University campus. The game will be televised on Cox Kansas 22.
Great Bend High School will be represented by the behemoth Tyler Uselton, a 6-foot-4, 327-pound offensive lineman, in the benefit game featuring the top graduated senior football players in the state.
Uselton, who signed in February for perennial powerhouse Butler Community College in El Dorado, said earlier this week that he will also see some action on the defensive line in the Shrine game.
Patients from a Shriners hospital in St. Louis arrived in Emporia on Thursday morning in a medical bus, and the all-stars got to visit with them.