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De Braga competes in Scout Bowl game

Thomas Ranson
lvnsports@yahoo.com

Trevor de Braga, right, and Jordan Pavlisin get ready for the Scout Bowl last week in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Before reporting to Green Bay to begin his indoor career in February, Fallon's Trevor de Braga took advantage of one final opportunity to wow the scouts.

De Braga, who signed to play for the Green Bay Blizzard, participated in the Euro-American Challenge International Scout Bowl on Friday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. In a United States vs. Europe battle, de Braga and his American teammates blanked Europe, 45-0.

"Americans are definitely more advanced when it comes to football, so that played into our favor pretty heavily," de Braga said.

The Euro-American Challenge International Scout Bowl is part of the Collegiate Development Football League where about 220 players participated in four CDFL-sponsored bowl games over last weekend.

While no official stats were available, de Braga said the defense allowed only one first down and forced four turnovers. De Braga started and played the entire game on defense and special teams, recording six tackles and an interception.

"It was a great experience and I made lots of friends who are trying to play professional football," de Braga said. "There were a few scouts at the game and a bunch were watching online."

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De Braga flew across the country early last week to participate in team meetings on Wednesday and then practice on Thursday. He played strong outside safety in a 4-2-5 scheme.

Thursday consisted of two practices where de Braga participated in individual drills, 7-on-7 and 1-on-1. De Braga said most of the team was from the East Coast, while he and Jordan Pavlisin (Orange County, Calif.) were the only players from the West Coast.

"The weather was awesome (around 60 degrees each day)," de Braga said. "I made it down to the ocean Wednesday morning and got to walk about a mile along the beach and see some pretty cool places Myrtle Beach had to offer."

Although he leaves on Feb. 10 for Green Bay, de Braga said he tried out for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and has some interest from several other CFL teams. If de Braga gets a call to play in the CFL, where many NFL stars started their career, he can sign without any contract violation with Green Bay.