If you needed a way to pass the time in a good way on Saturday, then being at Bloom Carroll high school would have done just the trick. The flag football game between the “Bulldogs”of Roy Hall(white) and the Buckeyes of Antonio Smith(Black) turned out to be just as exciting as the Buckeyes game last night.
During pre-game I surprised Jamal Luke with a pic.
The event was just like any other event that Roy Hall and Antonio Smith sponsor through DRIVEN. It helps those who cannot help themselves. A great crowd turned out to support the event on a beautiful day. Much better than the 40 degrees of last October’s event! The event itself will touch many lives but some not as much as Jennifer Sawchuck and her family. One of her twin sons, Nick is only twelve years old and has been battling cancer and is a testament to the fight children have.
As I was leaving the game, I was talking to Roy’s mother and sister who both were in tears, which in turn made me cry(again) over a child having to fight cancer. Nick has obviously taken this horrible disease head on, much like anyone else has, and has the support of his family to beat it. All of us there were touched by Jennifer’s speech after the game.
The game itself was a blast to officiate, Mike Dillow and I worked it just the two of us, which was a lot of running and never seemed to catch anyone accept maybe Brandon Joe who got hurt. We played 15 minute quarters with a running clock and it was mostly five wide-outs against five defensive backs.
Both teams exchanged four and outs before one finally getting on the board and after that it was pretty much whoever missed on conversions would probably lose the game. As time was winding down in the game, black scored again to go on top 40 to 32 with just about :50 left on the clock.
At this point, Matt Trombitas questioned me about there only being about :18 seconds coming off as they scored, and I explained that Greg Frey just went two plays in that time covering around 55 yards for the score! He was dejected that White still had time on the clock, but understood that Frey still had his moxie!
On Blacks next series, Stanley Jackson led the White team down the field to score with about :14 seconds left on the clock to make the score 40-38 with the two point conversion to come. Shannon Bowling is a minister from Mike Dillow’s church in Portsmouth and was playing the snapper/rusher position for black and after a thousand five count his rush caused Jackson to throw the ball through the uprights.
Antonio Smith gets his much deserved “first” win against his DRIVEN co-founder and celebrated as much by blessing the day and the success it was enjoying aside form the victory. I have enjoyed my time with Antonio as much as Roy in these events because he is as passionate on the field as he is about his organization. It’s easy to see why he went from walk-on to starter in scarlet and gray.
I will close with this . . , I tweeted yesterda that I do not do these events to be in the pic with those former Buckeyes. I do it because of the result of all of them coming together to make a difference in peoples lives. I am happy to be a part of something that means so much to so many. Anything I can do, however small in the big picture, I will do it. I told my new friend Mike yesterday that I have always felt that half of my heart belongs to the world for it to do whatever it sees fit. Truth is, the man upstairs has it all to do whatever He sees fit.