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Jr. Trojan player chosen to play in Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl

By: Matt Long
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EJ Delwiche is only 4 feet, 6 inches tall and barely weighs 60 pounds, but he’s a good football player. EJ, 8, will play in the Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, SC on Jan. 2, selected to play in the game by the event organizers after attending a football camp at UC Davis over the summer. At that camp, in which he was one of the smallest players, EJ won an award for his age group based on his attitude and aggressiveness. EJ recently completed his first year of organized tackle football, playing for the Oak Ridge Jr. Trojans Mighty Mite team, which won Sierra Youth Football and Cheer Championship with a 20-13 win over Folsom, finishing with a 9-2 record. On that team, EJ did a little bit of everything. On offense, he played quarterback, tight end and a little bit of halfback, while playing cornerback and some linebacker on defense. Needless to say, the little guy was pumped up when he found out he was selected to play in the Youth All-American Bowl. “I was really excited,” EJ said. “I will be playing quarterback in the game, but my favorite position is cornerback because you get to intercept passes. I also like the contact of football and I like hitting other players.” The third grader at Silva Valley Elementary leaves for South Carolina on Dec. 28 and will have a few days of practice before the game on Jan. 2. He slated to play quarterback in the game and said he’s looking forward to throwing passes to the wide receivers.