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The Smithville Herald

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Smithville senior Zach Parmenter attempts a place kick during the Blue-Grey National All-Star Classic, which took place in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

BLUE-GREY: Seniors revel in chance to play at all-star event

Continued from Page B1 again after playing their final game at Smithville months ago. “We came in there, played on this team, and we both honestly stood out as pretty good players in the game,” Parmenter said. “And it was pretty cool to represent Smithville in a totally different state and climate and everything. “It was just fun.” The duo continued Smithville’s strong track record at the Blue-Grey event, as Smithville graduate Tyler Lamb participated last year and scored the game’s first touchdown. This time around, Dominiak was the one making an instant impact. Playing his usual position of middle linebacker, the Bobby Bell award semifinalist made the first tackle of the contest and was in on several other plays throughout the game. Dominiak said it was exciting playing in an NFL stadium and getting to see how he stacked up against some top high school players from around the nation. “In the stadium, it was awesome,” said Dominiak, Smithville’s all-time leader in tackles. “Just looking around, at how big it was, it as giant. It was really cool.” Parmenter also reveled in getting the chance to take the field at Raymond James Stadium.

“It’s just a lot different,” Parmenter said. “I’ve been in Arrowhead (Stadium) and seen that. But going to Tampa, it’s just a lot different. With the palm trees in the stadium, you don’t get that anywhere else.” Parmenter didn’t just enjoy the scenery, however, and made several big plays on offense and special teams during the all-star game. He handled place-kicking duties for the Grey team, and even booted through a 27-yard field goal in the first half along with a few extra points. He also carried the ball a number of times and drew the praise of coaches and media members alike. One of the Fox Sports Florida broadcasters commented on Parmenter’s versatility during the webcast of the event, saying, “I want that guy on my team no matter where I’m at.” Of course, playing for the winning team was an added bonus for Parmenter and Dominiak, who will both receive rings after playing for the winning side. The game itself featured more passing than running plays, which took didn’t benefit either player, necessarily. But both took made plays when they got their chances. “The game was pretty sweet,” Parmenter said. “It was just a fun experience. You’re playing football in January with kids you’ve never met.”

For Parmenter, that included players from Francis Howell High School in St. Louis, as well as kids from Texas and South Carolina. More importantly, he was able to share the entire experience with his longtime Smithville teammate. Both Warriors said it made things easier having a high school teammate to have alongside them during the week-long trip, and enjoyed the camaraderie during the entire ordeal. “It was fun, and I liked how Zach was down there with me,” Dominiak said. “That was pretty good.” Parmenter and Dominiak will both likely have a chance to hit the field one more time, as they will be eligible for the annual MO-KAN all-star game during the summer. Both players are also hoping to continue their careers at the high school level and could be making a decision in the next couple weeks. Regardless, simply getting to take part in the game was another fitting chapter to two of the hardest working players Smithville coach Greg Smith has ever seen pass through his program. “It’s a great individual honor for those guys,” Smith said. “Those guys will always be All-American at this point. It’s a definite feather in their cap individually, as well as a feather in our cap as a program, to have kids play at that level.”

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