Milford’s Bowman wraps up stellar high school career at Blue-Gold

Gold’s David Bowman of Milford rushes against Blue defenders in the first quarter during the Blue-Gold All Star football game at the University of Delaware. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

By Ben Heck

NEWARK — Milford High’s David Bowman Jr. played his final down of high school football Saturday night in the 63rd annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star game at the University of Delaware.

The game came just six months after he competed in the Division II state championship game against Delmar in that same stadium.

Though Bowman’s team fell just shy last time around, with Milford dropping a 14-7 loss in December’s state title game, his squad picked up the win this time as Gold defeated Blue, 24-14.

“We had a rough experience here last time, but still a great one,” said Milford High head football coach and Gold’s assistant coach Shaun Strickland. “So, to end here with a win and end with these guys playing great is just outstanding.”

“It was the best feeling,” Bowman said after Gold’s win. “I got to play with my brothers one last time and I’ve met even more friends that I didn’t even know before this, but they’re close to me now. It was a great game all-around and everyone is happy that we got one week to hang out and joke around with each other.”

The two-way starter got the scoring started Saturday night with a four-yard rushing touchdown at the 1:49 mark of the opening quarter, putting the Gold squad ahead early 6-0.

He finished the game with 42 rushing yards and was honored with the Outstanding Leadership Award following the game.

“It means a lot to me,” he said of the award. “As I went through my four years of high school I’ve been a team captain so I’ve kind of had to take that leadership role on ever since I’ve been in high school.”

“For him to be recognized for his leadership is outstanding, it’s just who he’s been all year,” Strickland said.

In Saturday’s game, Bowman was joined by Buccaneer teammates Thomas Eisenbrey and Jordan Waters.

Eisenbrey started at center for Gold’s offense while Waters started at defensive end on the defensive side of the ball.

“It was an amazing experience,” Waters said. “I’m going to miss everything about high school football.”

“It’s bittersweet. These guys came out and worked so hard this entire camp week and all season, to have three of our guys out here represented on the winning Gold team is just phenomenal,” Strickland said of the Milford trio.

Bowman, an All-State player on both sides of the football, finishes his career as the Bucs’ all-time leader in rushing yards, touchdowns and tackles in school history.

In April, Bowman accepted a full ride to continue his football career at Delaware State University and play under new head coach Rod Milstead.

“I report there Monday, so it’s a quick turn-around,” he said, with a laugh. “I go there Monday to train and put some weight on before the season starts.”

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