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Folsom boys chosen to play for US Army All-American Bowl

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Two Folsom Youth Football players have been chosen to play for the US Army All-American Bowl.

Davin Simmons and Cole Saxen, both members of the Folsom Jr. Bulldogs Jr. Midget football team this past season, will play on a California-based team with 63 other teams from around the country and will be placed in a bracket with the winners advancing to the semifinals and final games to be held Jan. 5-6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Simmons is a seventh grader at Sutter Middle School and Saxen, a seventh grader at Folsom Middle, helped the Folsom Jr. Midget squad finish 6-5 on the season. Both players are 12 years old and are 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weigh 145 pounds. Simmons played quarterback and linebacker for the Jr. Bulldogs, while Saxen played right tackle on offense and linebacker on defense.

“Davin is a dynamic player,” said Yonnie Langham, coach of the Jr. Midgets this year. “He’s a super intelligent, high-energy player and has a lot of football knowledge. He’s got good size and speed and a positive attitude and he’s just a great kid. He’s the cousin of David and Dano Graves and he’s got the same skill set as those guys, except I think he’s a little bigger than they were. After every game this year a coach from the other team either commented on him or asked about him.

“Same thing for Cole. He’s got a great football IQ and hustles. We pull a lot of our linemen and they’re moving on every play. Cole knows his job and is a high-energy player. He’s a hard-nosed player and a great leader.”

The boys won their first game Saturday against Central Valley, 26-16, with Simmons scoring a pair of touchdowns. The team was then eliminated the following day with a 16-0 loss to Los Angeles.