Delmarva's First Home School Varsity Football Team Takes Field - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Delmarva's First Home School Varsity Football Team Takes Field

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GREENWOOD, Del. - It's the heart of high school football season, and for many students, the culture of the game can run deep.

But for home schooled students, the chances of playing the game on Delmarva were slim - until now.

"I was kind of disappointed because I didn't have any other opportunities besides Pop Warner," said Eastern Shore Bucks running back Seth Pappas. "This came out so I really love it. I'm really glad I get to play football."

It's all thanks to Coach Dan Young, who organized the team this summer for the Buck's inaugural season.

In Maryland, students must play athletics for their school - leaving home schooled and private school students without a - sitting on the sidelines.
"Currently, this is the only team on the Eastern Shore ... for home school and private school students who don't have football."

That's right, there's just one team for all of Delmarva. The students come from Maryland and across Delaware, and play other home schooled teams in the their conference as far south as Richmond.

But the most remarkable thing about them.

"I mean it's high school level varsity and no one's had the chance to play high school," Gradon Motter said of his team mates who haven't played in school-organized sports.

So, how does a rookie team of players - who don't know each other and have little experience - fare in a game based on teamwork?

"We've had some success, we're 3-2 right now," Coach Young said. "It's been neat seeing them come together and get to know each other and become a team and not just a bunch of guys playing football."

"I think it's cool to just have a group of close friends with you and we're just having fun, just playing football," Pappas said.

The Bucks are currently ranked 20th in the National Home School Football Championship Series, and they'll travel to Richmond on Saturday to take on the Victory Christian Academy.

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