Lucas headed ‘down under’ for tournament

ELKINS – Elkins High School half-back Dylan Lucas is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. He was recently selected by Down Under Sports to participate in an international all-star football tournament in Brisbane, Australia.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” Lucas said. “The trip is seven days of playing football in New Zealand and Australia and three days of fun in Hawaii afterward. I can’t wait to go.”

Lucas finished his senior campaign with 621 yards rushing, nine yards receiving, 376 kick return yards and three rushing touchdowns.

“I love playing football,” Lucas said. “I had some great teammates. They were a great group of guys. We had fun.”

The 2014 Down Under Bowl is scheduled for June 28 through July 7. The games are played under High School Federation Rules and are officiated by USA and Australian officials.

Lucas needs assistance from the community to participate in what he describes as “a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“I’m a little unsure of what to expect,” Lucas said. “It’s going to be a challenge because I’ve never left the country before. I know the game will be fast-paced. The players will all be top caliber.”

Lucas has raised some funds for the $6,000 trip and hopes he can meet the June 2 deadline. Donations can made by visiting Once on the website, visitors need to select the “Sponsor Athlete” link, fill in Lucas’ full name, select “football” and fill in West Virginia for the location. Those donating can also enter to win a nine-day trip for two to the event. The donations will help cover team clothing, airline tickets, hotel costs and any other arrangements.

“I’ve been trying to save as much money as I can,” Lucas said. “I’m working at Kroger and putting back money from each pay check. I really appreciate the opportunity and I’m thank

was founded in 1989 based upon the dream of a New Zealander by the name of George O’Scanlon. He fell in love with American football as a young man and his desire has been to promote the gridiron sport, not only to the people of New Zealand but also to Australia where he lived for many years.

The Down Under Bowl was started which eventually led to the establishment of the Down Under Hoops Classic and the Down Under International Games. The Down Under sports programs use the common language of sports to bridge the continents and provide a forum for athletes from around the globe to compete head-to-head in the sport they love.

Some prior standouts of the Down Under Bowl include Jake Plummer, Ahman Green, Rob Morris, Dave Dixon and Jesse Williams, all former NFL players.

Donation arrangements can also be made by calling the Lucas family at 304-591-4298. Those donating can also enter to win a nine-day trip for two to the event. More information is available at