WACO — There was 1:15 left in the first half of a 7-7 ballgame on Saturday night. This was the FCA Victory Bowl All-Star Football Game at the Waco ISD Sports Complex.
Christian Gomez, who recently graduated from Florence, was playing right tackle for the Blue Team.
“I knew what my job was,” Gomez said. “I was ready.”
Blue Team quarterback CJ Collins (Bosqueville) took the snap at the Red Team’s 49-yard line. Collins dropped back deep into the pocket.
All the while, Gomez flattened the oncoming defensive end.
Then Collins tossed a rainbow to the end zone and into the waiting hands of Charles Simpson (Chilton).
Touchdown, Blue Team.
“I knew we were gonna score on that play,” Gomez said. “So I felt responsible to do my job and I did it. I put my guy where he needed to go.”
The Blue Team ultimately won the contest 21-16, and Gomez clearly had one heck of a game.
“Christian did a great job blocking all night,” said Lampasas graduate Gary Spencer, who led the Blue Team in rushing with 60 yards. “He was the leader of our offensive line, too. He took charge.”
Gomez, a 6-foot-3, 270-pounder, played left tackle during the 2013 season.
“The switch to right tackle was no problem for me,” Gomez said. “Wherever they wanted me was fine. We practiced only four days for this game but I felt like I’ve known my new teammates for a lifetime. I’d have done anything for these guys and I was glad that I could make some big blocks that helped us win. This team was like a family.”
The players for the Red Team, under the guidance of Shoemaker head coach Channon Hall, also expressed how close they became during the four-day, all-star preparation week.
“This whole week and this game was truly a blessing,” said Copperas Cove graduate Andrew Sommervold, the Red Team’s center. “We made a lot of new bonds.”
And Sommervold made a lot of big blocks.
“Andrew really played well for us tonight,” Hall said. “Coach (Chris) Lancaster (Bruceville-Eddy) coached him up all week and counted on him big time. He did a great job in there. It was exciting to watch him make all those blocks.”
Sommervold took notice of his opponents early.
“At the beginning of the game, I saw they had some big boys on their defensive line,” Sommervold said. “So I was thinking that I’ll just have to beat them with speed, good footwork. I was dialed in the whole game and so were my teammates. We went all in.”
Watch a replay of the game Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on KWTX Ch. 10 (Time Warner Cable Ch. 2)