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OR alum scores first touchdown

By: Matt Long
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For most, playing an alumni football game is a chance to re-live the past. For Dan Lorain, it was to live it for the first time. Lorain, a 1998 graduate of Oak Ridge, never played football when he attended the school, but the 29-year-old was asked to play in the alumni game on Saturday against Cordova and jumped at the chance. “One of my biggest regrets is not playing football in high school so this was a good chance to get out there,” Lorain said. Let’s just say that he made the most of his opportunity. Lorain caught one pass in the game, a 22-yard touchdown from quarterback Vinnie Miroth. It was just one of many highlights for the Trojans, who defeated Cordova’s alumni, 40-0. “It felt great contributing to the win,” Lorain said. “It was a post-corner route and that was the play that I ran a lot during practices. The defender bit on my move to the post and I was all alone and Vinnie put the ball there. I’m just glad I caught it. I was excited and everyone was pumped up for me.” Lorain regularly plays flag football, but he said catching a ball with a helmet and pads on is a different story. He said he was really excited and a little nervous suiting up for the first time. Lorain also handled the kicking duties for the Trojans and even made a tackle on a kickoff. Lorain was just one of many stories for the Trojans. Marcus Spain, class of 2003, was named the Offensive Player of the Game, as he hauled in five catches for 88 yards and one touchdown and a 2-point conversion. Dan Gatta, class of 2002, was the Defensive Player of the Game, while Aaron Brackney, class of 2003 and currently junior varsity coach at Oak Ridge, was named the Lineman of the Game. “The game was so much fun,” Brackney said. “Everyone had a blast. We won 40-0 and shut them out on defense and had four interceptions and held them to 14 yards rushing on 14 carries.” Spain added, “It felt good to play again, but I definitely didn’t get my fix. I want to play some more. I wish it was a tournament. “I think what I enjoyed the most was the camaraderie and just being back with the guys. We had so much pride, practicing three times a week; we didn’t want to let the alumni down. It’s always nice to come out with the victory.” Matt Williams, class of 1999, thoroughly enjoyed the game. “It was amazing,” Williams said. “For me it was phenomenal to play again and to pop kids. It was unbelievable.” Williams, a cornerback, didn’t have an interception but did make a few solo tackles. “I’m regretting it now,” Williams said with a laugh. “We’ve got some guys sitting around talking about the game and every time someone gets off the couch they make a lot of noise. We’re just a little sore and have some bumps and bruises.” Despite temperatures in the low 40s, players estimated about 150 fans were in the stands on both the home and away bleachers. “We felt bad for the fans because it was so cold out there, but they stayed to the end,” Williams said. “We were honored that they stayed and were happy that that many came out.” Williams said the plans are already in the works for another alumni game next year. “Everyone wants to play again and we had a lot of alumni in the stands who said they want to play next year,” Williams said. “