by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield senior Taylor James will be playing on the North Squad for the Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Classic.
The game will take place at 4:00 p.m., July 27 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls.
“It is a great honor for Taylor to represent Akron-Westfield in a real positive way. It is a reflection of all the hard work he has put into his entire career,” said A-W Head Coach Eric Walkingstick.
The North Squad Head Coach is Mike Dirksen, coach of Newman Catholic in Mason City.
The Iowa Shrine Bowl is an All-Star football game between selected pre-college football athletes on each side of a north/south dividing line in Iowa.
The North Squad has a 20-19-1 record against the South.
The players are selected by a process of nomination by coaches, balloting by statewide sports media professionals, and official invitation from a representative of the Shrine Bowl.
The Iowa Shrine Bowl produces this game each year. The game is an effective tool in raising money for Shriners Hospital for Children. The 2013 game will be the 41st Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl game.
James was one of 11 senior leaders on an A-W team that had an outstanding 10-2 season, a Class A quarterfinalist in 2012. James rushed for 1,849 yards in 281 attempts and scored 26 touchdowns via the run. He also had 33 receptions for 291 yards, 8.8 yards per catch, and four touchdown catches with the longest for 68 yards.
James accounted for 220 points, 150 via the rush; 24 on catches; six on field goals; 16 on Point After Touchdowns; six on two-point conversions and 18 on returns.
On defense, James had 47 solo tackles and 35 tackle assists for 82 total tackles this past season.
James was the Westerners’ main punter and had 42 boots of 1,383 total yards, 32.9 yards per punt, with the longest at 71 yards.
James made 16-of-17 Point-After-Touchdown tries.
James, son of Lori and Brent James, has received numerous All-District and Iowa Newspaper Association honors over the years.