OZARK — Talk about a sign of success.
Months after reaching the Class 5 state semifinals, the Ozark High School football team on Wednesday showed again why it enjoyed so much success in 2012, as eight seniors signed letters of intent for college scholarships.
The eight marks a record for Ozark and is believed to be a record one-day signing for one sport in the News-Leader coverage area. More so, it brings to 66 the number of college football scholarships for players of coach Mark Bliss, now in his 17th season overall and second at the Christian County school.
“It is very special for Ozark High School and especially our football program,” Bliss said. “All their hard work and the fruits of their labor have paid off today, getting their education paid for. And it’s great for Moms and Dads, especially.”
Cody Lindsay, a linebacker, and center/deep snapper Cameron Glenn signed with Missouri Western, an NCAA Division II program.
Wide receiver Austin Roberts, linebacker Levi Tucker and tight end/defensive end Boomer Gorn also are heading to NCAA D-II, as Roberts signed with Northeastern Oklahoma State, Tucker with Southwest Baptist and Gorn with Lincoln University.
Ryne Troy, a tight end, signed with Bethany College and kicker Cale Danielson signed with Benedictine College, both NAIA program in Kansas.
Quarterback David Salazar signed with William Penn (Iowa), also an NAIA team.
The News-Leader published most of the signings of area football players in today’s paper.
Meanwhile, two more Tigers are expected to sign in the coming weeks: Hunter Randle, an offensive lineman, and Seth Wheeler, who is weighing football and baseball scholarships.
The News-Leader will update this story later today. Videos of Ozark football players will appear on the site as well.