Hornet Football Standout Selected for U.S. Team
Alameda High tight end Alex Denney has been named to the U.S. Under-18 National Team and will compete against Canada in the 2016 International Bowl at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Four high school-aged U.S. National Teams will compete against four national teams from Canada in the seventh annual International Bowl series. The U.S. select teams at the high school and junior high levels will also compete as part of the series. In all, seven games will take place from Sunday, Jan. 31, to Friday, Feb. 5. The USA under-18 team will take on the Canadian under-18 team on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Pacific.
Other games taking place include the U.S. Under-19 National Team vs. Canada Under-19 National Team, 3 p.m. CT, on Sunday, Jan. 31; the U.S. Under-14 Select Teams: Stars vs. Stripes, 1 p.m., the U.S. Under-15 Select Teams: Stars vs. Stripes, 4 p.m. on Feb. 3; the U.S. Under-16 National Team vs. Alberta Under-16, 1 p.m., the U.S. Under-18 Select Team vs. Ontario Under-18, 4 p.m., and the U.S. Under-17 National Team vs. Ontario Under-17, 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.
Denney, a senior, is one of 56 athletes to be selected for this honor to represent Team USA in the sport’s greatest annual international competition. Denney was a senior captain on the Hornet 2015 football team. He helped lead the Hornets to the Div. II playoffs after not qualifying in 2014.
The U.S. Under-18 head coach is Clint Alexander, who led Woodberry Forrest High School in Virginia to a 73-30-1 record since taking over the program in 2005. Alexander has led Woodberry Forest to eight Prep League titles and earned the No. 1 ranking among Virginia private schools six times. He is a five-time Prep League Coach of the Year and served as the U.S. Under-17 Defensive Coordinator at the 2014 International Bowl.
The 2016 International Bowl is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country — USA Football and Football Canada — featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition. The 2016 game will mark the seventh time this event will take place. All U.S. National Teams are assembled and managed by USA Football, which is recognized as the sport’s national governing body by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The event will feature a week of practices and activities for each team, culminating in internationally sanctioned competitions.
Single-day general admission tickets are $10. Single-game sideline passes, which include access to the field club, are $50. Games also will be broadcast throughout the United States.
“This is an exciting opportunity for these young men to represent their country on the field and learn from top coaches while working alongside the best athletes in their grade levels,” said USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck in a press release. “To play inside the same stadium as the Dallas Cowboys will make this a memorable experience for our coaches, athletes and their families.”
The NCAA recognizes USA Football’s International Bowl as a national team competition. Playing for the United States in the International Bowl is exempt from a high school senior’s limit of two all-star game appearances. USA Football and Football Canada are among the 71 national federations who are members of IFAF. IFAF’s member nations span six continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.
To join the team, a player must try out at a regional development camp. To sign up for a regional development camp, visit usafootball.com/nationalteams.