Senior quarterback Robert Partridge (Massillon/Washington) represented Hiram and Team USA in the Aztec Bowl on Saturday in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Partridge threw two touchdowns to lead Team USA to a 24-21 win over the ONEFA All-Stars in front of more than than 25,000 spectators.
“It was a great experience,” said Partridge. “I was honored to represent Hiram and Team USA. The competition was intense. The Mexican team we played featured the best players in the country.”
Partridge was one of just 42 players selected to play for Team USA.
“When we took the field, we weren’t sure what to expect,” added Partridge. “The Mexican team was very good. They ran a spread and no huddle offense. Once we got into the flow of the game, the adrenaline took over.”
Partridge and the rest of Team USA traveled to Mexico on Nov. 26, 2014. The team had a handful of practices to prepare and ran a youth clinic.
“The youth clinic was great,” said Partridge. “We were showing young kids techniques and teaching them the game. We were treated like superstars. I signed a ton of autographs and left some footballs with the children.”
Partridge was named Honorable Mention All-NCAC after a record breaking season. He threw for 2,167 yards and racked up 2,317 yards of total offense, both of which are new single season school records.
Hiram posted a 5-5 record under head coach Randy Moore. The five wins are the most for the program since 1988.
“I was surprised about the amount of interest they showed in football,” added Partridge. “This was a tremendous experience and is something I will remember for the rest of my life.”