West Texas Scorpions to host semi-pro playoff game at Shotwell on Saturday

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Football returns to the turf at Shotwell Stadium on Saturday, for some semi-pro playoff action.

The West Texas Scorpions out of Novice will face the Central Texas Bison at 7 p.m. in round one of the Cross Road Amateur Football League postseason -- with sights set on a state and national championship.

The team is comprised of many former Big Country high school and college stars, offering a second chance at a football career. Former Cisco Loboes QB Josh Bridges is the starter for the Scorpions, having helped Cisco to a state title game berth in 2008. This season, the Scorpions finished 8-2, good enough for the top spot in its division.

They do it for the love of the game and no benefits. They even have to pay their own way into the league with many having jobs on the side. But this is, for many, one last opportunity to show what they have under the lights -- proving they can be a part of something special.

"They embrace it.," said head coach Jason Walker on Tuesday. "This is their second chance -- this is their time. Their leadership level goes up, their ability to be a part of a team. This is for me personally, the biggest game that I have been involved with in my career. Hosting a playoff game -- it's amazing."

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