Grin Iron

Former Salem High School standout football player Sam Ball with former Tiger head coach Brian McNamee. Ball helped the East Team post a 47-29 victory in the 18th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic June 7 at JFK Stadium in Springfield.

Former Salem High School football standout Sam Ball took to the field one last time representing the Tigers and helped his team post a victory in the 18th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic, held June 7 at JFK Stadium in Springfield.

Ball played on the East Team, which went on to post a 47-29 victory over the West in the contest, which raised funds for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, also known as the Tooth Truck, helping provide dental treatment and dental hygiene education for local children in need.

Ball played on offense during the game at the fullback position and was a critical part of the East’s win.

According to Ball’s high school head coach, Brian McNamee, he was the lead blocking back on three touchdown runs for the East, while also catching a pass and getting a couple of rushing attempts.

Springfield Catholic quarterback Tyson Riley passed for 58 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 104 yards and two TDs to earn offensive MVP honors for the East, which took a 12-0 lead after the first period and had a 33-15 halftime advantage.

Ball was joined on the East roster by several other SCA players from Ava, Mountain View Liberty, Mountain Grove, Houston, Thayer and Cabool.

In addition to playing fullback, Ball was also a three-year starter at linebacker for Salem, earning all-district and All-SCA honors on defense.