By Tully Ervin
Avalon wide receiver Trevon Diggs and linebacker Izayah Taylor participated in the 2015 USA Football International Bowl Friday for Team USA, in a 25-9 loss to Team Canada.
Diggs earned MVP honors with six catches for 128 yards, while Taylor recorded two tackles as the starting middle linebacker.
In the third quarter, Diggs caught a slant-and-go pass from Bullis (Potomac, Md.) quarterback Dwayne Haskins for a 75-yard gain. The four-star recruit caught the ball around the 25 yardline by the right hash mark, and then danced around defenders before exploding down field. A Team Canada defensive back finally brought him down at the 1-yard line.
The play set up a touchdown by running back Robert Washington on third down. Washington attends South Lake Christian in North Carolina.
Every year the nation’s top high school football players are selected to participate in the International Bowl.
This year, they held the 18-U game on January 30 in the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Team USA’s defense gave up 25 points and could not stop running back Jevante Stanley.
Stanley carried the load for Team Canada from the first possession, when his 43 yard run set up the team’s first score.
He finished with two touchdowns and earned MVP honors for Team Canada.
Both Diggs and Taylor agreed the opportunity to participate in the International Bowl was a great experience.
“Playing in the AT&T stadium was like playing in the NFL,” Taylor said.
Diggs and Taylor are rising seniors for the upcoming Avalon Black Knights football season. They look to lead the team both on and off the field with leadership skills they acquired from the 2015 International Bowl.