BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – The Shopper photographer Doug MacPhee interviewed Bellows Falls’ three players, who are participating in this years Shrine Football Game at training camp Tuesday, July 1. Here are their responses.
Jahyde Bullard – “I love playing football. I am going to Berkshire Academy this fall and I am hoping to be recruited and get a scholarship to a Division one or two college. Even if I don’t get a scholarship, I will continue to play at whatever level, because I love the game.”
Brady Illingworth – “I’ve known about this game as long as I’ve been playing football. It is a great honor to be chosen and have always been interested in playing.”
DJ Snide – “I first heard about the Shrine Game in sixth grade and have always thought of it as special, but I never thought I’d be able to play in it. Knowing last year, was my last year of football, it makes me play a lot harder every game. I am at a loss for words to have been chosen.”
We will allow Bullard to have the last player word because it is extra special. He really realized the games cause at a very young age.
“I learned about the game in the fifth grade because my teachers son was in the Shriners Hospital for a burn. It was important to me from that day on” said Bullard.
Sports Editor Bill Murphy spoke to Shrine and Terrier Head Coach Bob Lockerby by phone on Tuesday, July 1 from training camp and Lockerby reflected on his selection as the Vermont leader.
“I never experienced football until I got to high school. I grew up in Grafton and we didn’t have the sport there. I had fallen in love with baseball because my dad was a big baseball fan, but Bis (longtime BF coach Bis Bisbee) had a great influence on me with how he promoted the game. I remember my cousin Gil Bennett playing in the State Championship game against Montpelier and that was certainly important to me. This is a tremendous experience. The Vermont kids and my staff have a clear understanding of what this game means and we plan on being great ambassadors for this game of football.”