For those lucky enough to have a television package that includes the CBS Sports Network, a familiar face will be available for the viewing Tuesday evening.
Timber Creek standout football player Quanzell Lambert has made his way west to Arizona to compete in the inaugural JuniorRank Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Lambert will be joined by 99 of the county’s most highly touted football players when he takes the field at 6 p.m. E.T.
The 6-2, 240-pound inside linebacker was selected to the team back in September after posting 115 tackles and eight sacks as a junior. Head coach Rob Hinson praised Lambert as the best player he had ever coached at the time of the selection. Lambert helped to cement that legacy by leading the Chargers to a Group 3 championship this season.
“We’ve had some phenomenal athletes and they’ve all possessed certain skills and certain skill sets, but Quanzell, he is in a class all by himself,” Hinson said.
Not to be lost in the shuffle is the fact that Lambert also thrives in the classroom, which is as important a component of being selected to this All-American game as performance on the gridiron.
The All-American game is a joint partnership between the Marine Corps and JuniorRank Sports.
The Junior Rank and USMC partnership was designed to introduce young adults to the organizations’ shared belief that athletic excellence, high academic performance and core character development are key elements to creating well-rounded individuals. The JuniorRank website states that participants of the bowl game will be exposed to the core values of the Marine Corp—honor, courage and commitment—and will learn how to apply these principles to gain success in all aspects of their lives.
The All-American Bowl is being held in conjunction with Fiesta Bowl Week and the celebration surrounding the BCS bowl game in Arizona.
Lambert, who is expected to announce his college intentions in the coming weeks, is deciding between offers from Nebraska, Iowa and Rutgers.