Guernsey-Sunrise senior finishes season with honor

Courtesy/Guernsey Gazette Surrounded by his high school coaches for support, Guernsey-Sunrise High School senior, Justin Malcom plays his last high school football game at the 6-Man Shootout at Chadron State College June 4.

GUERNSEY - Justin Malcom joined 17 other seniors from the state of Wyoming and 16 seniors from the State of Nebraska for a once of a lifetime opportunity on June 4 as the two teams competed in the Battle of the Border 6-Man All Star Game. The Wyoming boys met up at Chadron State College on June 2 to begin practices. The next few days would include two three hour practices a day as well as some fun activities including a night of bowling.

The game was played on the Chadron State College football field beginning at 7 p.m.

Malcom has been chosen to fill a spot for the Wyoming all-stars in the 10th annual 6-Man Wyoming-Nebraska All-Star Football Game Friday, June 4, at Chadron State University in Chadron, Nebraska, at 7 p.m. The game featured senior all stars from Wyoming versus senior all stars from Nebraska. After the Nebraska win for 2021, the series is now tied at five games apiece.

“I had a lot of mentors growing up,” Malcom said. “My mom (Daphne Malcom) was my first teacher, and then one of the most important mentors in my life would have to be Mr. Faber who was my first football coach. He had a big impact on me and made me love the game and got me started on it. Actually, he got me hooked on it. And Mr. Reichert, he’s the one who really made me get into defense and going out there and hitting people. Just the mindset of stopping the ball. And Mr. Cook my coach for the last four years.”

Malcom does that effectively for the Vikings and is one of the hardest hitters the team has. When Malcom makes a tackle, the crowd gasps at the fierceness of the hit. Not only the force, but the timing and speed with which he makes the play is astounding.

Malcom started playing football in sixth grade.

“I always loved watching football before, but my mom never let me play before sixth grade because she was afraid of me getting hurt,” Malcom said. “I remember my very first practice, we started out with the snake drill, and this is what you did all practice. You had somebody leading the pack and all of you just run for like 30 minutes straight. You got a break and then went back into it.”

Coaches for Wyoming were Trip Applequist and Scott Reed from Farson-Eden, Dave Largent from Kaycee, and Zeb Hagen from Meeteetse.

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