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Decatur lineman named to Under-16 team

(Nov. 19, 2015) Stephen Decatur High School offensive lineman, Samuel Todd of Bishopville, has been named to the U.S. Under-16 National Team and will compete against Canada in the 2016 International Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., home of the Dallas Cowboys, on Feb. 5.
Todd, Decatur’s junior varsity team MVP this season, is one of 60 of the nation’s best high school freshmen and sophomore football players selected for this honor to represent Team USA in the annual international competition.
Four high school-aged U.S. national teams will compete against national teams from Canada in the seventh annual International Bowl series. U.S. select teams at the high school and junior high level also will compete as part of the series.
The U.S. Under-16 head coach is Tom Bainter, who has been a high school football coach in the Seattle area for 18 years, including the last 15 years at Bothell High School, where he led the 2014 Cougars to the school’s first state championship. His teams also have twice finished state runners-up.
A health and physical education teacher, Bainter served as the head coach for the 2015 Under-15 U.S. national team and the running backs coach for the 2009 U.S. Under-19 National Team, which won a gold medal at the IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio.
U.S. rosters and coaching staffs will be announced throughout November and December and available on Canadian rosters will be announced in early 2016.
The games are a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in high school football’s greatest annual international competition.
The event will feature a week of practices and activities for each team, culminating in internationally sanctioned competitions.
Single-day general admission tickets are $10. Single-game sideline passes, which include access to the field club, are $50. Games also will be broadcast throughout the United States.
“This is an exciting opportunity for these young men to represent their country on the football field and learn from top coaches while working alongside the best athletes in their grade levels,” USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck said. “To play on the same field as the Dallas Cowboys will make this a memorable experience for our coaches, athletes and their families.”
“I’m looking forward to this extraordinary opportunity to lead some of the finest young athletes in our nation and represent our country on the football field,” Bainter said. “It’s rare to get play for your country in a sport you love. To be able to do it in football, America’s most popular sport, is truly special.”