MOORE HAVEN — Dawnya Washington of Moore Haven received a national honor in April as people took notice of how good a youth football player he’s become.
Washington was named to play in the Florida vs Georgia Future Stars All-star game in June. The game, played among different age groups, is arguably one of the top all-star games in the country. Washington will play in the eighth grade game.
“It’s a great feeling. Not many Moore Haven kids get a chance like this. I’m ready for it and I plan to work hard,” he noted.
Washington said he plans to take advantage of the opportunity and continue to work hard.
Coach Richard Roudybush said Washington is an awesome kid who really takes the game of football seriously. “It’s a good testament of what we are doing here. Over 300 kids tried out to play in the game and he was chosen. I think it shows the level of talent we have here and how hard they are working.”
Roudybush said it is a great honor for the school and also for Washington.
The young man has played football for the past nine years. He’s played Pop Warner football and last year made the Moore Haven varsity team. He rushed for over 200 yards despite being only an eighth grader.
“I think the sky is the limit for him. The big thing is continuing to work hard. If he wants to be elite he will have to work hard. I think he can have a great career for us.”
God given ability, a humble attitude, and good listening skills are the things coaches mention when they are asked about Washington. “He just works, he doesn’t ever say a word. I think it is great for him to play in this game and see where he’s at against other elite players in his age group,” Roudybush said.
The week-long stay at the University of Georgia in Athens, will include a tour of the football stadium, various camps, and other recreational and learning opportunities for the players.
Washington said he was really excited to be able to see the campus and the football field. He said most of his friends, family and coaches have wished him luck and given him well wishes.
“It is a great honor and I plan to take advantage of it. I’ll just work hard, listen to my coaches, and keep doing what I’ve been doing.” Moore Haven is bracing for spring practice in a couple of weeks. They will host a spring game this year on May 20 at 6 p.m. against the Benjamin School.
About 40 players are expected to suit up for the Terriers this spring.
The biggest questions of the spring will be finding help on the offensive line and the secondary.
“We also want to see how far the younger players have come and how much they’ve developed. We’ll have time to coach, tinker with some things, and have fun with the kids,” Roudybush added.
Special to Glades County Democrat