by JASON GORDON
It was an impressive week for a pretty big man on the Hays High School campus.
Hays’ 6-foot, 3-inch, 285-pound senior center Boone Feldt learned he made an All-State football team for the third consecutive season, signed with North Texas University and was scheduled to play in the International Bowl, a contest sanctioned by the International Federation of American Football. It is made up of top players under 19 years old from around the world and was scheduled to be played at The Palace at Round Rock Wednesday night.
The game’s sponsor is the National Football League.
Boone Feldt was welcomed to the U.S. Under-19 National Team last Friday morning.
“It’s been a pretty awesome week,” Boone Feldt said. “I can’t think of a better way to end my high school football career.”
USA Football, which selects the team, presented Boone Felt with a helmet and also presented Hays High head coach Blake Feldt – Boone’s father – and principal David Pierce with Team USA jerseys.
Boone helped Pilot Point High School win the 2009 Class 2A state title as a sophomore. He was selected to the All-State team in 2009, and in 2010 as a junior, when Pilot Point moved up to Class 3A. After transferring to Hays when his father accepted the job before his senior season, Boone again was named All-State this week when he made the Class 4A Texas Sports Writers Association First Team.
“I’m pretty sure this is the first time in the state’s history a player has made All-State in three different classifications,” said proud father and Hays head coach Blake Feldt said. “I’ve contacted the UIL, and they don’t think it’s happened either. I’m very proud of Boone and what he’s accomplished.”
At Hays, Boone helped the Rebels knock off then undefeated and second-ranked Smithson Valley in a thrilling game in early November at Hays. He also played a key role in helping the Rebels end a five-year playoff winless drought when Hays knocked off San Antonio Brennan in the bi-district round before falling to No. 5 Cedar Park in the area round.
At North Texas, Boone will join his brother Cam, a 2010 Pilot Point graduate. The two will reunite after being on the same state championship offensive line in 2009.
“I’m really excited,” said Boone. “Cam was my biggest recruiter and his influence went a long way toward me choosing North Texas. I also think the new coach up there is doing a great job.”