Photo by Codey Emerson: Davis gives some of his gear to his young fans after the conclusion of the game.
Photo by Codey Emerson: Davis gives some of his gear to his young fans after the conclusion of the game.

By: Codey Emerson

INDIANAPOLIS – The annual Indiana Football Coaches Association North South All-Star game is a tradition that has been dating back to 1967. The game offers a chance for High School seniors to play in one final game in the high school career.

For Noblesville Senior Defensive End Dalton Davis, he was selected to represent the Millers in the game. For Davis, not only was he representing his the Millers and his program, but he was representing the entire Noblesville community.

“It’s always great to represent your community,” Davis said. “This is the longest running high school all-star game in the country, so for me this was a tremendous honor and privilege to be out here on this field tonight against the best competition the state of Indiana has to offer.”

Dating back to when the game first started in 1967, the Millers have had a total of 23 players play in the annual all-star game. Davis marks number 24, and for head football coach Justin Roden, he wants to start honoring those players past, present and future players who get to play in the game.

“That is one of my top goals is to honor our great players who have played for us in the past,” Roden said. “Dalton will definitely get a spot up on our wall here at Noblesville so players can see the tradition of excellence he brought to the program.”

When Davis talks about leaving his legacy with the Millers and being looked at as a model for inspiration, he says it would be the ultimate honor.

“I would love for players to take a little a bit of what I have done and turn around make our program better. That would be pretty cool to witness, and the fact that I would be a part of something like that or even a small reason for why it happened; it would be really special.”

Roden was able to be a member of the 2015 coaching staff and remembers all of the people he was able to meet and become life-long friends with. He believes the same will hold true with Davis.

“To finally be teammates with some of the guys you have been competing aginst for the past four years, it’s really something special,” Roden said. “Even more than that, the whole week of the all-star game with the banquet and the week of practice at UIndy, the experience is way bigger than the game itself.”

As what’s next for Davis, he’ll be continuing his football career in the fall at the University of Findlay for the Findlay Oilers. Davis talked about what can bring to the Oiler program.

“I’m just going to try and come in there and bring some energy to the team and work my butt off,” Davis said. “I’m a hard working individual who will be following the upper classmen like lost puppy, just watch them and do what they do.”

The Oilers are a division two school in the NCAA. Roden who only coached Davis for one season believed that Davis could have played in played in division one, but is happy to see Davis continue his football career.

“Dalton and his family were actually one of the first group of people I met when I took the job last season,” Roden said. “His mom was one of our football moms and he and his family were a great group of people to be around. In Dalton’s last high school game, we had some injuries on the offensive line, so he volunteered to play center, which he had never done before. That just shows you what kind of kid he is.”

In the all-star game itself Davis totaled only two tackles, but as Roden explained earlier the experience is what matters most, not the stats, and Davis along with all of the other competitors had a memorable one.