This historic rivalry, “The Battle of the Bridge”, dates back to the 1920’s and is full of tradition and competition. This was the 92nd playing of this rivalry and it ended up a barn burner. It was a defensive battle all night long with many costly penalties for both teams.
Chris is a four-year letterman and three-year starter. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a three-year student in international studies, and involved in Give Kids the World. Chris plans to pursue a career in medicine and participate in college football. He is pictured with his parents, Rob and Mary Matey.
Eric is a four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in soccer. He was named All Central Florida defensive back and punter. Eric is also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government, Key Club, Interact Club, and founder of the Jewish Club. He is undecided about his college choice but will pursue a degree in business. He is pictured with his parents, Allan and Wendy.
Donnie is a 1956 graduate of DeLand playing in that year’s rivalry game and scoring two touchdowns, one for 88 yards and one for 85 yards. Donnie was named All-Conference, All-Southern, and All-American while at DeLand and received a scholarship to Florida State. He soon had to return home due to his father’s health, and later played at SMU where his career was cut short due to injuries. He joined the Air Force and played service ball, where he was named All-Service Team for three years. He was also nominated for “Outstanding Player of the Armed Forces,” the military equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. He was then invited to try out for the Baltimore Colts.
As captain, Kerry played in this rivalry from 1988-1990. In his junior year, he threw for four touchdowns and had 300+ yards. He later played at Georgia Military College and Savannah State University before returning to be part of the 6A 2008 state championship team, serving as offensive coordinator. He is currently the quarterbacks’ coach.