While some of the world’s top athletes competed for their countries in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, several local football players represented America in the International Bowl in Texas this past weekend.
In the first of two U-17 games, the U.S. Blue National Team routed Team Canada, 34-6, behind two touchdown catches by McNamara sophomore Camari Murray and a 4-yard touchdown run by McNamara quarterback Ramar Williams.
In the second contest, DeMatha sophomore linebacker Jordan Edwards served as a captain for the U.S. Red National Team, recording six tackles in a 28-21 loss to Team Canada.
“Even though we lost, it was a great experience,” Edwards said. “I just tried to take advantage of my opportunities and show out. It was a great honor being named captain and it helped me get better with my leadership.”
Like their Olympic counterparts, the players endured some snow in Texas during two-a-day practices during the week. The experience proved new for most of the players, but it also further tested their resolve while practicing against some of the nation’s top players.
“I’ve never practiced in the snow before, so it was different and cold, but it was pretty cool at the same time,” Murray said. “I took a lot from the week and it was also nice to have Ramar on my team and work on our chemistry for the future.”
For Williams, playing under the huge video board and in the luxurious confines of Cowboys Stadium proved just as exciting.
“Jerry Jones did a real nice job with that stadium,” Williams said with a laugh. “The whole week was great. I got to meet Jay Schroeder, the former Redskins quarterback, and he gave me some good advice about playing the position.”
Arundel junior Diondre Wallace and Sidwell Friends sophomore Miles Brown also served as a captains for the U-18 and U-17 teams, respectively, while O’Connell’s Anthony Howard was a flag-bearer for the U-17 team.
Click here to see the other local participants in the six contests, including Gonzaga’s Joseph Zuccari, who was a captain for the U.S. U-16 National Team. Wootton’s Trevon Diggs was initially named to the U-17 Red National Team but was unable to attend.