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The Big Spring Event a huge success for players and benefactors

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DESOTO — Fans cheered on more than 80 DeSoto Eagles from the past during The Big Spring Event alumni game on Friday, May 7 at Eagle Stadium.

Many of them continue to hear the cheers every Sunday as six current professional players returned to play a little catch, see old friends, and raise money for the DeSoto Eagle Olympics and The Corey Borner Trust Fund.

Organized by Ellis Hobbs, in partnership with the DeSoto ISD athletics department, The Big Spring Event helps offset costs of the Eagle Olympics for DeSoto ISD special needs students and the medical costs incurred by Corey Borner, a DHS junior who sustained a spinal cord injury last spring during football practice.

The evening started at 5:30 p.m. with the spectacular Ellis Hobbs Custom Car Show produced by Start 2 Finish Wheels, Tires and Audio in the parking lot.

More than 20 classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display.

Autographed items and sports memorabilia from Hobbs and others across the NFL and collegiate scene, plus numerous local items, were for auction on the football stadium concourse including two Mack Brown signed helmets, a basketball signed by the Mavericks team, a Josh Hamilton baseball, Mavericks and Rangers tickets and much more.

Finally, the big event of The Big Spring Event will start at 7:30 p.m.

DHS alumni players took on local area youth in the first ever DHS Eagle Alumni Football Game. Playing 7 vs 7, which has no offensive or defense lines and no running backs, the game is a fast-action, passing and coverage game.

The younger alumni (2004 and more recent) played the local high school-aged players while on the other half of the field, older alumni battled even years vs. odd years.

With Casey Printers snapping the ball and throwing to Patrick Crayton the game never seemed fair as the black team dominated the yellow team in the older alumni game, while the younger alumni battled in a tough loss against the local boys.

But Printers and Crayton had their hands full on defense against the local boys in the final game as the area youth scored on the final drive of the game and won 16-14 over the alum.

DeSoto Athletic Director Pam DeBorde visited with players from the past on the field. DeBorde has been with DeSoto ISD for 30 years this year including coaching, assistant athletic director and now athletic director.

She smiled as the many players came and said thank you for having the event and for all you have done for each of us, including current Dallas Cowboy Patrick Crayton who is already looking forward to a re-match with the area youth next year.

Players laughed and joked about the old days.

They high-fived after big plays and talked a little trash to the opposing team.

In the end, all agreed it was a spectacular event for the community and a great way for the players to come back to Eagle Stadium for a great cause.

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