DOVER-FOXCROFT – This weekend, many of the state’s best senior football players will gather down in Saco for the annual Lobster Bowl.
The All-Star game takes place at Thornton Academy on Saturday, giving those players a chance to form a bond with their competitors from the last four years.
“I’m glad to be here and have the opportunity to play with everyone else I didn’t get a chance to play against or with,” said Skowhegan quarterback Garrett McSweeney. “I’m just very happy and blessed to be here.”
Despite the main attraction taking place on Saturday, training camp for the 28th annual game was held this week at Foxcroft Academy once again.
Players from schools all around the state use the time to practice and get used to one another, but the entire process is meant for a greater purpose, as all involved raise money for Shrine hospitals. Though the athletes are understandably excited to get back on the field, they all say the real meaning is clear throughout the process.
“This isn’t for us,” said McSweeney. “This is for the Shriners. We know that as a team, and the coaches talk about it every day. That’s embedded in our minds”
“It is a football game but that is not the main thing,” siad MCI quarterbakc and receiver Josh Buker. “We’re here to play football and raise money. It’s going to a good cause and as much money as we can raise and put towards that, that’s what we’re here to do.”