On Saturday, Dec. 5, David Emanuel Academy football players Dane Arrington, Timothy Braddock, Rylie Rowland and Brayden Smith all competed in the first-ever Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ 8-Man Junior/Senior All-Star Bowl.
The four players helped make up a 20-player team, which was headed by Coach Clint Inman, DEA’s head football coach and athletic director. Though they lost to the opposing team, Coach Inman said, “They represented the school well and had a really great time.”
He said, “It was the best of the best of juniors and seniors in 8-man football.”
The students held various roles during the All-Star Bowl.
Senior Dane Arrington played cornerback and quarterback.
Junior Timothy Braddock played defensive end, fullback and tailback.
Junior Rylie Rowland played tight end and defensive end, and junior Brayden Smith played middle linebacker and fullback.
Coach Inman went on to say that the players benefited from meeting players that they had faced during the season in a friendly atmosphere and came away with new connections and friendships.
“It’s about the players … This is the last time many of them get to play football, so we want it to be as player-centric as possible for their last memory,” said Coach Inman.