The Madison County Cowboys are an outstanding group of young men. They have worked relentlessly this football season to be the best they can be. Senior football player, Eric Bright, Jr.’s work ethic has certainly paid off. Coach Michael Coe is proud to announce that Eric has been chosen to participate in the FACA North/South Football All-Star Classic.
According to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, The FACA sponsored its first Summer Clinic and All-Star Football Game in 1949 at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station. The Clinic and All-Star Football and Basketball Games continued through the years with Jacksonville, Miami and Gainesville as the sites. The Clinic and Games settled into the University of Florida in Gainesville in the mid ’50’s with a successful program until the late ’70’s. When the FHSAA withdrew sanction from the All-Star Games in 1979, the FACA picked up total control of the state All-Star program. The FACA currently sponsors All-Star events in football; boys and girls basketball; boys and girls cross country; boys and girls soccer; baseball, softball and volleyball. Since its’ beginning in 1936, the FACA has matured to a full-fledged powerful organization.
Eric had a tremendous senior year for the Cowboys,” said Coach Coe. “He rushed for over 1,900 yards and scored 18 touchdowns in leading the Cowboys to the Class 4-A state semifinals.”
In addition, Coach Coe was chosen to participate as one of the coaches for the North team and he is very excited to coach Eric one more time.
We are extremely proud of Eric and him being selected for this prestigious game,” said Coe. “He is a great example of what working hard and having a great attitude can do for you. He is exactly what we want our program to represent! A great worker on and off the field and a young man who is as good of a person as he is A football player.”
Eric Bright, Jr., is the son of Lakechia and James Turner of Madison and has been playing football since he was only five years old.
My parents have always encouraged me to do my best in football,” said Bright. “However, they have always stressed that academics come first.” Bright continued, “I want to thank God, my family, my coaches and my friends and teammates who have been there for me through it all. My friends and I have always motivated each other. We always talk about where we want to go in life and how we are going to get there.”
Bright plans on attending college after graduation and hopes to obtain a degree in criminal justice.
Right now, education is my main priority,” said Bright. “I’d like to go to UCF. I am praying that God will open a door.”
Eric Bright, Jr., seems to have his priorities straight, on and off the field. The FACA North/South Football All-Star Classic will be held at The Villages High School on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. The Villages High School is located at 251 Buffalo Trail, The Villages, Florida. Congratulations on this prestigious honor, Eric, and good luck in all of your future endeavors!