By TJ Millman
With football season just around the corner, you are going to be hearing a lot about Milford’s David Bowman. He burst onto the scene as a freshman, taking control of Milford’s running back position, and hasn’t looked back since. This year, going into his senior year, Bowman looks to lead his Milford Bucs squad to another playoff run, hoping to emulate last year’s 9-1 season.
“We have high expectations from last year. We went 9-1 and made the playoffs last year, so I’m hoping to improve off of that. As for myself, I’m shooting for 1,500 yards. I’ve been getting somewhere around 1,000 a season, and this year I want to cap it off with something big,” Bowman said.
Bowman started playing football at six years old in flag football. Even then, he was a running back. “I’ve just always been a running back. Even as a freshman going out to play against a bunch of older kids, once I started running, I was comfortable. It’s something I work hard at, but it’s also something that I can just do,” Bowman said.
Bowman also plays defense for the Bucs at safety. Playing both sides of the ball is a grind that many top athletes experience in their high school careers, and Bowman is no different. “Coach Fisher has been my running back and defensive back coach, so he’s been a big help to me over these years. He stays on me when we’re on the field and he keeps up with me off the field as well. He’s just a great coach and a guy who really cares about his players,” Bowman said.
Bowman hopes to go south for college, and his goal is to play football as well as major in exercise science. Bowman is a top scholar at Milford as well, and makes a fine example of a student-athlete. The running back is lightning in a bottle, always capable of snapping off a big run. His favorite run came last year in Milford’s playoff game against Wilmington Friends.
“I have a lot of favorite memories over the years, but my favorite run is definitely the one against Friends last year. The playoff atmosphere was electric, and I took the ball almost end zone to end zone,” Bowman said.
Aside from his coaches, Bowman finds inspiration from his role models, his father and his uncles. “My dad and my uncles all played football when I was growing up, and they inspired me to play as well. They would keep me moving when I was younger, and they have always supported me on and off the field,” Bowman said.
Look for Bowman to be all over the field this year. As a student, athlete, and person, David Bowman represents Milford to the very best. Come support David and the rest of the Milford High School Football Team in their first game of the year at Sussex Tech on Friday, September 8.
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