Elkins’ Smyton to play in International Bowl today

Submitted photo Elkins High School senior Garrett Smyton will play in the International Bowl today.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Elkins High School senior lineman Garrett Smyton is set to strap on the gear once more in high school football today as a member of the USA Football Under-19 National team in the International Bowl.

Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. at AT&T Stadium, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys’ home court.

ESPN has streaming options available online to view the contest this evening.

Smyton pulled down All-Conference and All-State honors in his final season for the Tigers while fighting alongside his teammates in the Big 10 Conference for Class AA.

“I’m looking forward to learning different techniques from different coaches, getting to perform in front of college coaches, playing in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium, making new friends, representing my state, my town and my home school,” Smyton said. “But more importantly, getting the chance to represent the United States of America is huge.

“It means a lot to me to play one last game at the high school level, especially with this level of competition and coaching,” he said.

“I know come game time, George Triplett will have a solid performance in his Blue-Grey game in Florida, as I will in my game in Texas,” Smyton added.

Smyton is the son of Roger and Wendy Smyton, both of whom are in Texas for the big game today.

“This is definitely a great opportunity and experience for he and George both,” Smyton’s mom, Wendy, said.

“We are very proud of both of these young men,” she added.

Smyton and Triplett took their orange and black bags on the road last summer to attend the prestigious Top Gun Camp in South Carolina.

Both players said they enjoyed the exposure and lessons learned from the experience.

“It is a great honor to get to represent the town of Elkins and my school,” Smyton said. “My coaches and teammates, along with many others, have supported me and pushed me along the way to be the best that I can be, and I thank all of you.”