Last month, the best senior football players in the state gathered at the University of Delaware for the annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star game.
The Gold Team, led by standouts from some of the top football schools Middletown and two-time defending champion Smyrna, breezed by the Blue Team, 44-0.
While offense stole the show, it was the Gold Team’s defense that shut out the Blue Team. The impressive group featured several Milford players, including linebacker Dom Hovington.
Hovington, a four-year varsity Bucs player, capped off his high school football career in style.
“The experience was incredible,” Hovington said. “Playing against Delaware’s top athletes made me push myself to a level I’ve never played before. On top of that, I had the opportunity to meet and play with a great group of guys on the Gold Team.”
Hovington was one of a few Milford players to see the team turn things around before graduating. In Hovington’s first two seasons the Bucs went a combined 2-18. However, over the past two seasons, Milford has found relevance again on the gridiron, going 15-5 with a long-awaited playoff berth this past fall.
“Being a part of the team’s turnaround is something I’ll remember forever,” Hovington said. “We went from winning one or two games to making it to the playoffs; I know if you told me when I was a sophomore that we’d go 15-5 over the next two years and make the playoffs, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But, we did it, with the help of some great coaches.”
Two of his teammates, Gregg Clark and Brion Murray, were also integral to Milford’s success the past two seasons and Hovington was able to share the all-star field with them last month.
“Playing with Gregg and Brion one last time was great,” Hovington said. “Over the years, we’ve all pushed each other in the weight room and on the field - to be able to line up that one last time with brothers was one of the best parts of that week.”
While Milford had a lot of showcase games last fall, for Dom, one that stands out was a come-from-behind victory over Delmar on senior night.
“I always look back on that game whenever we faced adversity because I know that all it takes is
one play to change the whole game,” Hovington said. “Also, having a 9-1 season, even though we didn’t finish where we wanted, it showed that you can go far when you trust in your coaches and the guy lined up next to you.”
Dom hopes to take everything he’s learned at Milford with him to Wesley College where he plans to not only further his education, but also his football career.