Honoring Men and Women of Service: Douglass vs Tates Creek

Two Iraq War Veterans Present the First Home Game Ball

Friday versus Tates Creek proved several first for the Douglass program. The first home game ever, the first win ever, and the first time Douglass football has honored Veterans of the US Military. Each home game, the football program plans to recognize members of various branches of the military. One honoree will present the game ball to a referee. Tom Horseman (United States Navy, Retired, Iraq Veteran) stood next to Jesse Blanton (United States Marine Corp. Iraq Veteran) on the 50-yard line as Jesse handed the game ball to the referee. A packed home crowd gave the two a standing ovation for nearly a minute. “The invitation alone means a lot us. We appreciate you thinking of us,” Horseman said prior to walking out to midfield just before the national anthem.

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The Douglass Broncos thank you both Tom Horseman and Jesse Blanton for your service!

Tom Horseman, a Frankfort, KY native, shaking hands with the referee. On the left, FDHS Director of Football Operations, Mike Mills. Photo by Carter Extreme.


Jesse Blanton, a Paris, KY native, presenting the game ball to the referee. Photo by Carter Extreme.