North Ridgeville RB and Ohio State commit Demario McCall (Former Garden Valley Falcon) reflects on 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl experience
on January 09, 2016 7:48 PM, updated January 09, 2016 9:00 PM
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — North Ridgeville senior running back and Ohio State football commit Demario McCall fulfilled a dream on Saturday when he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome.
McCall's East team lost to the West, 37-9. But from an individual point of view, McCall had a few nice plays, including a couple of big runs to set up the East's only touchdown.
"Once I got the feel of it, they gave me the ball a couple more times," McCall said. "Once I get going, there's no stopping me."
McCall committed to Ohio State on March 28 and received his Army All-American jersey on Sept. 24. He admitted when he received his jersey that he was surprised that he was invited to the game and it hit him early on Saturday when he stepped on the field at the Alamodome.
"I never knew that I'd be playing in the game," McCall said. "I always watched the game on TV and (thought), 'Wow. Those guys have got to be good. I wish I could be there one day.' I made my dream come true."
He entered the game ranked No. 47 overall among college prospects according to 247Sports.com, and is Ohio's No. 3 prospect and the No. 2 all-purpose back in the country.
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September 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Cleveland Browns President Alec Scheiner, community representatives and business leaders gathered at 2511 E 46th Street to celebrate renovations to Dwayne Browder Field. The $930,000 project replaced the natural grass turf with synthetic turf thereby increasing the availability and playing status of the field. The renovation was a collaborative effort between the City of Cleveland, who funded the balance from General Obligation Bonds; Burten Bell Carr Community Development Corporation; and, the Cleveland Browns, who provided a $200,000 grant through the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program.
In 2013, the Lonnie Burten Recreation Field was renamed the Dwayne Browder Field to honor longtime Cleveland Muni Football League coach and community leader, Dwayne Browder. The field remains an important asset to Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, serving the Cleveland Muni League’s Phil Cullum Renegades and the East Technical High School Scarabs. The renovated field will also benefit neighborhood residents who utilize the field for exercise and other neighborhood programs.
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Field Dedicated in Honor of Community Leader
CLEVELAND — Dozens turned out for a special dedication on the city’s east side Sunday morning.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, along with other city leaders, dedicated the Lonnie Burten Recreation Field in honor of Dwayne Browder.
The field is home to Cleveland Muny Football League’s CMHA/Lonnie Burten Organization. Browder has served as the leader of the organization for 22 years.
Browder was also recognized Sunday for his leadership with the youth in local neighborhoods. He says the league helps fight a rising epidemic.
“We’re losing a battle with a lot of kids and teenagers today, and if someone doesn’t step up and help them, this thing can get even worse, and we’re not trying to let it get worse, we’re trying to get it better,” said Browder.
Brodwer says the league is one of a few in Ohio that does not charge children to play. He is hoping for some more financial support from the community.