By TJ Millman
It was the 63rd DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star football game this past Saturday, and Milford had 3 players representing them in the game. Thomas Eisenbrey, David Bowman Jr., and Jordan Waters each got the opportunity to play one last high school game as they represented the Bucs. The game is played to raise funds to assist people of all ages in Delaware with intellectual disabilities, and since 1956, more than $6 million has been raised. A player has to be nominated by his head coach and then also approved by a committee of coaches before being accepted. It is one of the biggest honors in Delaware High School Football and an overall fun experience.
“It was the best. I got to play with my brothers one last time, and I’ve met even more friends that I didn’t even know before this, but they’re close to me now. It was a great game all-around, and everyone is happy that we got one week to hang out and joke around with each other,” Bowman said.
Bowman started the game at running back and also worked into the Gold Defense as well. Eisenbrey started at center for the Gold Squad and Waters started at defensive end.
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Bowman started the game the same way that he has his entire career, scoring the first touchdown of the game on a 4-yard carry towards the end of the first quarter. After a touchdown from the Blue and Gold teams respectively, the Gold Team went into halftime with a 12-8 lead.
The Gold Team came out of the halftime break inspired and scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter to extend the lead to 24-8. The final score was on a 96-yard interception by game MVP Julian Trammell from CR. The Blue Team managed to put up one last score, but the damage was done and the Gold Team finished the game with a 24-14 victory. The win was a big one for all involved, including retiring Head Coach Bill Collick. Collick, the coach of Cape Henlopen football, has coached for 42 years between Delaware State, Sussex Tech, and Cape Henlopen.
For Milford, this game was a chance to make one last positive memory at Tubby Raymond Field, after falling in the State Championship only 6 months before.
“We had a rough experience here last time, but still a great one. It’s bittersweet. These guys came out and worked so hard this entire camp week and all season, to have three of our guys out here represented on the winning Gold team is just phenomenal,” said Milford head football coach and Gold assistant coach Shaun Strickland.
David Bowman, who already holds many different football accolades, added one more to his name with the winning of the Coach Jack & Peg Gregory Outstanding Leadership Award. Bowman finished as Milford’s all-time leader in tackles, rushing yards, and touchdowns, and will go on to play football at Delaware State University in the fall. Teammate Jordan Waters is planning on trying to earn a walk-on spot with the team and teammate Thomas Eisenbrey will be attending the school as well.
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