Justin Schmidt fights for extra yardage in the final game of his career against Cuba.

Houston senior Justin Schmidt was selected last week to play in the annual Grin Iron Classic high school football game.

The ninth-annual game is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Parkview High School in Springfield. Tickets are $6 at the gate.

Schmidt, who will represent the East team as a linebacker, earned all-conference and all-district honors as a running back his senior season. He was a three-year starter.

Schmidt had rushing, receiving and a defensive score to account for 10 of the Tigers’ 24 touchdowns in 2009. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry en route to 675 yards and was second on the team with 17 catches for 266 yards. His final game was one of his best. He carried the ball 28 times for 160 yards and had rushing scores of 5 and 30 yards. He also caught a 38-yard touchdown pass.

Joining Schmidt on the East team are Tommy Martin (LB, Thayer), Evan Williams (RB/DB, Mountain Grove), Eric Pelate (DL, Liberty), Corey Rutledge (LB, Liberty), Eli Martin (DL, Thayer), Terrance Parsons (DL, Mountain Grove), Tucker Windsor (DL, Cabool) and Levi Wiles (OL/DL, Mountain Grove).

The East team is coached by Logan-Rogersville’s Doug Smith. They met for the first time Sunday and practiced Monday through today (Thursday).

The Grin Iron Classic also serves as a benefit for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile — a dental clinic for at-risk kids who have no access to care. The 2010 game features 90 athletes from southwest Missouri. More than 4,000 fans are expected to attend.

In its first eight years, the game has provided more than $250,000 in support of the mobile dental clinic. Since July 2002, the mobile “tooth truck” has helped more than 9,000 children with more than $5.5 million in dental treatment through more than 26,000 dental appointments. The annual operating budget of the “tooth truck” exceeds $550,000.

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