The United States Marine Corps recognized exemplary student athletes across the country through the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl that was held on January 5, 2014. In its third year, the game featured 90 student athletes selected from across the country based on their athletic prowess, academic success and embodiment of the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.
Milan Richard, from Calvary Baptist High School, Savannah, GA, was among those selected to participate in the nationally televised Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The game took place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
The West team of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl defeated the East team 31 to 24 in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The West team went up first and continued with 21 unanswered points, including a punt return for a touchdown by Jonathan Lockett, a Santa Ana, Calif., native from Mater Dei High School.
The East team’s first score came in the second quarter with a rushing touchdown by quarterback Clayton Thorson, a Wheaton, Ill., native from Wheaton North High School. East scored two more times in the second quarter with a touchdown and field goal. The teams entered the half at 31 to 17 with the West team up.
The second half was a brutal battle with continuous turnovers including an interception by East’s Trey Marshall, a Lake City, Fla., native from Columbia High School, that led to the only second half score, a receiving touchdown by Xavier Burke, a Lawrenceville, Va., native from Brunswick High School. The West team was able to run out the last few minutes of the clock by running the ball and came out on top. Clayton Thorson was named the player of the game.
The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is the culmination of the Marine Corps’ Semper Fidelis Football Program, which also includes an All-American Selection Tour. Through the program, the Marine Corps purposefully engages with well-rounded student athletes to share leadership lessons that will enable future success.
Richard, is currently committed to Clemson University an especially appreciates the Marine aspect of the training.