Turkey Bowl ends in a Tie, we had nobody die and next year we will give it another try:Davidson and Holland take game honors for 2017

Posted by Andy Durham on November 23, 2017 at 3:31 pm under Amateur | Read the First Comment

I’m thinking the final score was 6-6 when the horn sounded at 12 Noon to end the 2017 Turkey Bowl and with 6-6, that means 6 touchdowns for each team and with a tie, that means we have to come back next year and break that tie…

Very balanced squads on this day/Thanksgiving morn and the game honors, for the top players on this day, go to the two youngest players on the field for this football fun day and those awards would be Player of the Game, which went to Eric Davidson(former player for the Grimsley Whirlies, Western Guilford Hornets, Utah Utes and the Appalachian State Mountaineers)….

Eric takes home the top game honors and today’s Comeback Player of the Game and Most Improved Player from 2016 was Grayson Holland(current 6th grader at Northern Guilford Middle School)…Grayson took some tough shots in last year’s game, but he bounced back this year and had a great game….You should see the hands on this kid….He has his Christian McCaffrey haircut and he made some super cuts on the field today and may have given us a glimpse of the future, if he keeps growing and maturing and he might be the next kid to watch in Guilford County in a few more years….

Eric Davidson with some outstanding catches, passes and runs today to grab that MVP award and Grayson Holland with the game of his young football career, on this Thanksgiving Thursday…

Back to the teams, and just how even this game was, saw the Quakers with Enad Haddad, Doug Brown, Scott Holland, Eric Davidson and Grayson Holland….The Samaritans were led by Scott Cooper, Kevin Colvin, Joey Kirkman, Ron Davidson and me/AD…..

This game has been going on for a long time and we thank the good people/folks at Guilford College for allowing us to use the field at the Quaker campus again this season and that also allows us to, “Keep the Tradition Going”….

It was a bit chilly when we got going this morning and then as the game grew on, the temps became more pleasant…

Just a great day to be playing some football and for that we are blessed and truly thankful….

Kevin, Doug, Joey, Scott Cooper, Enad, Scott Holland, Grayson Holland, Ron Davidson, Eric Davidson, we all have been going at it for a long, long time. Some of us go all the way back to the early 90’s when we used to face off with the Mormons over at Claxton School, off of Pinetop Road…Back in that day it was the Good Samaritans vs. the Mormons, with brother Bud and brother Lindsay leading the Mormans….

We used to have a few guys on our team that we called the brothers from unwed mothers, but those guys have not been seen or heard from in 20 years and now we are trying to recruit, as J.J. Walker used to say, a few good unglued brothers…Brother Bud and Brother Lindsay were last seen heading up the Maryland Beltway….

We all got belted a few good times today, but everyone was able to walk off the field, when the 2017 Turkey Bowl was over/complete….Great workout and I just hope we can keep the tradition rolling for several more years….

Thanksgiving Day football is a one day a year treat and really, it can’t be beat….Could be the quickest and smoothest two hours you will face all year long….You get rolling with the opening kickoff at 10am and then you get moving so fast that when you look up, the sun is high above you and it high noon and the game is over for another year….

Heck of a game and one heck of a year and this will give us all something to talk about with tons of memories for one more year, as the countdown to Thanksgiving Day and Turkey Bowl 2018 begins now….

Hits, runs, passes, receptions, bodies going all over the place and that is just the pregame workout in the parking lot, you should see the teams once they take the game field and the real action begins….

We hope to have more on this year’s game coming in from Enad Haddad and before we leave today, let’s take a look back at last year’s game, as we continue to pick up all of the pieces from this year’s game…

Wow, what a great day to be outside playing football and one more crazy tidbit is that we had four Western Guilford graduates in this game today with Eric Davidson WG Class of 2011, Enad Haddad WG Class of 1991, Scott Holland WG Class of 1986 and AD from WG Class of 1976….I may be off a few years on some of those, but I bet you a bucket of giblets, that I am pretty close…..

I know you are ready for it and for the Turkey Bowl history buffs, let’s take a trip back and see what was going on in Turkey Bowl history from 2016,,,,,

**********Here is that Distant Replay and Flashback to last year’s game….***********

Playing in what could be the Longest Running Thanksgiving Day Football Game in Guilford County

This game has been going on for over 25 years….I can remember back when Doug Brown and Joey Kirkman first got in this game they were 17 years old, now they are 37….

Grayson Holland has played in this game 3-4 years and he is only in the 5th grade…

You can see kids grow up in this game and young men, become grown men.

You see QB’s like Scott Cooper who can run the field and take over the game from a wide-out spot on offense, but this year Coop settled in at quarterback, throwing the ball on the money, for money/turkey and finding open receivers all day long…

The final score was something like 16-10 and that means 16 TD’s to 10…

Cooper was leading his receivers and finding Enad Haddad, Doug Brown and Joey Kirkman open and the lead passes Cooper was throwing the receivers, led them perfectly into the end zone…

Grayson Holland may still be a kid, but he has some of the best hand-eye coordination that you will ever see. Enad Haddad and Scott Holland have been working with Grayson and the kid will be on somebody’s high school team in about 6-7 years…..Kid could be a “can’t miss catch”, if he keeps on catching….

On the opposite side of the field, on the other side of the line, Chuck’s Team was on the short end of the 16-10 final, but they were not short on talent…

Chuck’s son Jamir and Jamir’s friend from Ragsdale High School are another couple of up-and-coming-kids….Jamir has matured and become a very solid possession receiver, much like Grayson Holland and the kid from Ragsdale needs to be playing for Coach Tommy Norwood next season…Kid from Ragsdale, is just a freshman, but the kid is big and he can move…

Chuck went through all of his QB progressions the he had planned before the game, but he found his inside routes were more open to men like Kevin Colvin and Scott Holland and Chuck was seeing Scott Cooper, through his open-air windshield, as Cooper doesn’t hit the Pick Six Mark on the Bulls Eye, but Scott Cooper set a new Thanksgiving Day record and picked off Five passes this morning….

Chuck’s brother from N.C. A&T was back for the second straight year and the list rolls on for, “Through the Years”, with Kevin Colvin, Doug Brown, Joey Kirkman, Scott Cooper, Chuck, Chuck’s son Jamir, Enad Haddad, Scott Holland and Scott’s son Grayson, all being with the game a number of years now…

Weather-wise it was a perfect day. The rain from the night before made the field slick in spots, but overall, the conditions were near-perfect…

What better way is there to spend a Thanksgiving morning that playing a good game of competitive football???

We probably need to give our “Golden Gobbler Award” to Tom Palumbo this year…Tom is the Guilford College AD and we have played on that field, on New Garden Road, for quite a few years now…Thanks Tom and thanks to the Guilford College security staff…

Enad Haddad announced that today would be his last game ever…You get the feeling Enad might be fibbing….Not fricking fibbing, but just fibbing…Enad is too young to retire on the spot, like he did on the surface today…

Haddad had 7 touchdowns in the Thursday morning showdown and that might be one reason why he is considering leaving the game, but there have been rumors that several teams in Winston-Salem are interested in his services…Leaving Greensboro and going to Winston-Salem on Thanksgiving morning??? Heaven Forbid!!!

If Scott Cooper is back, Kevin Colvin is back, Doug Brown is back, Joey Kirkman is back, Chuck and Jamir are back, Chuck’s brother and Jamir’s friend are back, if Grayson Holland doesn’t get picked up by Ricky Proehl and the Panthers, Grayson and his dad Scott will be back…

Next season should be a good one, this group of football playing friends have become like a Thanksgiving Football Family…

Life goes on and this Thanksgiving Day Football tradition continues and it is part of our lives…

The Longest Running Thanksgiving Day Football Game in Guilford County??? Maybe not, but it is the Best!!!

*****We have some good young talent and some good old talent, and the right kind of talent mixed in-between…*****

+++++Some of you might say we have been playing Thanksgiving Day Football Games in your backyard for many years, but that doesn’t count….We are playing Real Football on a Real Football Field…Our game has become, “The Guilford County Thanksgiving Day Tradition”….We hope to have Governor Pat McCrory joining us next year, so he can officially make the “Governor’s Proclamation”, regarding this game….If Governor McCrory is no longer in office, we may ask Scott Copper, to act as Roy Copper….+++++


  • Lugnut said,

    Great game this year and looking forward to next year. You are right on the money about it being an easy couple of hours. Once the first layer comes off it really moves fast and you are left wishing you could play a little bit longer. Your body however has other thoughts…