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Submitted Photo Numerous future Belfry Pirate athletes that participated in the Diamond All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. are pictured from left to right; back row Bo Wolford, Jonah Adkins, Brayden Spears, Rudy Blackwell, middle row Max Dotson, Nick Baldwin, Brayden Marcum, and front row Jaxson Baldwin.

By JALEY ADKINS

For the Williamson Daily News

The future of Belfry football had a big showing at the Diamond Youth All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, over the holiday break.

Jaxson Baldwin, Nicholas Baldwin, Brayden Marcum, Max Dotson, Bo Wolford, Jonah Adkins, Brayden Spears, and Rudy Blackwell are standout athletes and each received an invitation to show off their abilities in a fierce competition with kids from across the nation.

Adkins had a great weekend playing both offensive and defensive line, totaling 12 tackles, made several key blocks to spring long runs, and recovered an onside kick. Nicholas Baldwin played fullback and defensive line, rushed for over 130 yards on 16 carries, and had 11 tackles.

Marcum and Dotson, both linemen, were on opposing teams where they each had some nice backfield tackles. Marcum also faced Wolford on the field, both boys earned starting positions on their respective teams. Wolford also represented his team as captain.

All three lineman played extremely well on both sides of the ball.

Blackwell, unfortunately, sustained a hand injury during practice and was advised not to continue in the All-American Bowl.

The All-American Bowl presented the boys with a field of opportunity. As a lineman, a rare opportunity to score a touchdown was given to Spears, "It was amazing that somebody actually wanted to throw me the ball. It was just unreal that I was in the position to do something big!" Spears caught an eleven yard pass to score for his team. Additionally, he had many tackles, a sack, and played in the 8th grade championship game.

While it is obvious all the boys performed on the football field, all players made it clear that they perform academically as well. At the end of the week, all the boys were named part of the Diamond Academic All-American Team. This is an honor that requires those named to maintain a 4.0 GPA. These boys are all ready to apply what they learned to their next season and are determined to continue excelling academically and athletically.

Editors Note: Jaley Adkins is a student at Belfry High School in Belfry, Kentucky and an aspiring journalist. This article was written by her for the WDN.

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