One can sympathize with how Trevor Brown felt at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium on Monday.
Brown not only was a graduate of Old Forge, he was the only graduate from the school picked to participate in the 83rd Scranton Lions Club Dream Game, which will kick off this upcoming high school season with its annual all-star game, a tradition that dates back to the 1930s.
While Brown may have felt alone when he needed to respond to calls for the Old Forge players to be at the bleachers, posing for photographs or speaking to writers from a variety of newspapers, one thing was clear when Brown was asked a particular question.
“How does it feel to be the only Blue Devil in the game?”
Brown came back with an answer that would have put a big smile on the face of Old Forge head coach Mike Schuback and on the rest of the school’s fans.
“It feels like all eyes are on me for my town,” Brown said. “If I’m the one that has to represent them, I’m just going to play as hard as I can.
“I can put the rivalry aside for a game.”
While Brown was the only Old Forge player in the game, archrival Riverside had five players selected to join Brown on the County team: lineman/linebacker Riley Gaughan, quarterback Cody Glogowski, tight end/linebacker Billy Nash, wide receiver/defensive back Nick Sottile and running back Paul Coleman are also on the County team.
“The Dream Game is very special to me,” Gaughan said. “It holds a lot of tradition in this area, and I’ve had some family members play in the game.
“It’s an honor for me to be able to represent my school and represent the County in this game.”
Like Brown said before him, Gaughan believes that the two Triboro teams won’t have a problem lining up for the County team.
“Old Forge is always a heated game, but since we’re teammates for this game, I think we’re going to be able to get past that and finally be teammates,” Gaughan said. “It’s definitely going to be different but we’ll be able to put the rivalry past us.”
The six players from the two Triboro schools began practicing on Tuesday, going the next five days before taking Sunday for a brunch. The July 17 and 18 practices will be walk-through sessions, with the game set for July 19 at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium.