WACO — Frost two-way lineman Patrick Daugherty summed it up in word.
“It was amazing,” said Daugherty, who was one of seven players from the Golden Circle to play in the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl Saturday night at Waco ISD Stadium.
“The atmosphere was great,” said Daugherty, who will play defensive tackle next fall at Weyland Baptist.
“It was such a different experience. I learned so much this week and met so many new people.”
It’s like that every year for the kids who play in this game, which is an extension of the FCA that brings kids together for a lot more than football.
“The best part about the week was growing closer to Christ,” said Kerens defensive back Tre Langley, who played for the Blue team. “It’s been a great week. Meeting everyone here. It was like a brotherhood with the other players. They felt like a second family, and the Chapel and the experience of growing in Christ is what I will take the most form this. I plan on being involved with the FCA when I get to college.”
Blooming Grove had three players chosen for the game, and receivers Stephen Carroll and John Shaw and defensive lineman Kenya Glasco all said they would not forget the experience.
“I didn’t know if I would ever play in another football game,” said Glasco who may walk-on at Navarro. “It felt great to be out there and play in one more game.
“I was great to play in the game, and I got to meet new people and make a lot of new friends.”
Carroll, who has signed with Arkansas Southern as a wide receiver, said he appreciated all the people who put on the game.
“I really liked the host families,” he said. “The people were super nice. We learned a lot from the experience. It taught me how to be a better teammate. We are all so different, from different backgrounds.
“Getting to play against really good competition and getting to meet and know people who are so different from the people I know in Blooming Grove. I’ll take all of that from this week.”
Mildred tailback QT Turner got a chance to run the ball for the Blue team and Hubbard’s DaMarcius Ward played in the secondary for the Red team. Everyone saw an ample amount of playing time. Shaw played wide receiver and he also handled kickoffs and kicked an extra point for the Blue team.
Dawson head coach Ronnie Striplin was one of the coaches for the Red team and former Blooming Grove coach Lawrence Williams Jr., who is now an assisted coach at DeSoto, was one of the coaches for the Blue team.
Former Mildred coach Cody Fagan, who coached in this game last year showed up to watch the game.
“I’m just here to support QT,” he said of his former player.
It was a great experience for everyone from the Golden Circle and all the kids said they will take a lot from the game and the overall experience.
“It was amazing,” Daugherty said.