Manhattan High defensive lineman David Hernandez will play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl in Dodge City on Saturday. Originally selected in December, Hernandez will be the 60th Indian to compete in the annual game.
As a senior, Hernandez recorded 54 tackles, 20 of them solo and 19 for a loss. He also had 21 quarterback pressures, five sacks, a forced fumble (and recovery) and two blocked kicks in a season that earned him the Centennial League’s defensive most valuable player award and 6A all-state honors from the Topeka Capital Journal, Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association. Hernandez played linebacker as a junior.
Hernandez was a key component in Manhattan’s stout defensive unit last fall, when the Indians went 10-2 and advanced to the state semifinals. Hernandez is still undecided on his future college.
There are two other area connections on the West team, both from Riley County. Head coach Steve Wagner is on West coaching staff, while versatile athlete Tristan Kulp will play in the game. He saw time at running back, receiver and defensive back for the Falcons last fall, a year in which they which went to the Class 2A state title game.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Dodge City.