FORT WORTH, Texas – Tuesday night’s Texas High School Coaches Association football All-Star game is vindication for former Highland Park quarterback and safety Jake Howeth.
His senior season came to an abrupt halt in the regional round of the 4A Division II playoffs at the hands of 2010’s Cinderella story, Mesquite Poteet.
Howeth has the chance to end his football career on his own terms at the same place it ended for the Scots months before, Cowboys Stadium.
“I’m out for a little redemption,” Howeth said.
Howeth, who took on some of the quarterback duties for Highland Park in his senior season, was listed as playing safety when the rosters for the North All-Star team were first released, but he was greeted with the pleasant surprise of playing quarterback.
Howeth was a vital rushing tool for Highland Park, but with all of the talent at running back for the All-Star game, Howeth said he expects just to be handing off the ball.
His All-Star appearance will be his last in football pads after deciding late in his senior year to play baseball at the next level.
Howeth had originally committed to play baseball for New Mexico, but has recently found himself torn between the Lobos and local Texas Wesleyan University, which has offered him a full ride.
“New Mexico is trying to get me more money for a scholarship but Texas Wesleyan gave me a full ride, so I don’t know if I’m going to do that,” Howeth said. “It’s full-ride versus Division I baseball.”
Howeth still has a couple of weeks left to make his decision, but this week has been all about remembering how to throw a football after spending the last six months throwing baseballs in from the outfield.
“Baseball and football are two completely different arm angles when you’re throwing," he said. "You’ve kind of got to get used to it. There’s a little adjustment period but I think I’ve made it pretty well. It’s a contact game and I’ve got to get back used to that.”
In other Tuesday THSCA convention news:
* Mesquite Poteet football coach Randy Jackson and Southlake Carroll basketball coach Jon Youngblood were elected to be Region III’s nominees to be the North All-Star coaches in the 2012 THSCA All-Star games. The final election from every region's nominee in both sports will be held in February.