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Dream Bowl Offensive MVP Ryan Montague Draws Interest From Super Bowl Champs

Neil Malvone, President of Cutting Edge Sports Management, is proud to announce that Louisiana College running back Ryan Montague, Dream Bowl IIOffensive MVP of Dream Bowl II this past January, was invited to a tryout with the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. Although Ryan did not make the squad, his presence at an NFL camp shows that with hard work players from small colleges have what it takes to make it to the next level.

The Dream Bowl II was played January 20, 2014 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, VA.  The College Football All-Star Game was a showcase of the best NCAA D-II/D-III players from across the country.  College scout from the Oakland Raiders, Raleigh McKenzie, and CFL scouts, Russ Lande (Montreal) and Bryan Perez (Ottawa), were on hand to watch the all-stars play all weekend. The scouts all agreed that the Dream Bowl rosters were filled with players with the talent to play at the next level.

Montague was named the Offensive MVP after an impressive performance in which he completely dominated the second-half of the game scoring three touchdowns on runs of 26, 22, and 3 yards. Montague finished with 79 yards on only 11 carries for an average of over 7 yards per carry. Coach Jordan Neal of Hendrix College stated after the game that “players like Ryan are special and they make coaching look easy”.

The Dream Bowl weekend gives small college players an opportunity to show their considerable skills and talents in front of scouts and agents. “We are proud of the exposure to NFL teams offered to small college football players at the Dream Bowl and we will continue to build the game to be bigger each year”, said Rich Vellucci, Executive Vice-President of CESM. Montague represents the 4th Dream Bowl alum to be invited to an NFL camp in the two years of the game’s existence. CESM has announced that Dream Bowl III will be returning to Virginia Beach on Monday, January 19, 2015 following an NFL/CFL combine on Friday, January 16.

London Fletcher, a future Hall-of-Famer, is proof that talented players can be found at all divisions of college football and that they can be successful in the NFL. Fletcher was an undrafted free agent from D-III school, John Carroll when he signed with the St. Louis Rams in 1998. He went on to play in 215 consecutive games for the Rams, Bills, and Redskins, winning Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams. Every small college player hopes to follow the example set by Fletcher. All they want is the chance. Their hard work and determination will do the rest. For Cutting Edge Sports Management, The Dream Bowl was created for that opportunity in getting them noticed. Ryan Montague is proof that hard work and talent will lead to achieving one’s dreams. For Ryan that dream included a shot at making the roster of the defending Super Bowl champions.

 

Cutting Edge Management–For more information visit www.dreambowl.net and www.cuttingedgesportsmanagement.org or contact Neil Malvone at 908-510-0087.

 

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Levi’s Fight On Center Stage At 2014 Dream Bowl II

Cutting Edge Management

LEVI’S FIGHT ON CENTER STAGE AT 2014 DREAM BOWL II

 

When Lebanon Valley College’s most famous football fan, Levi Hains arrived in Virginia Beach he had no idea what memorable events were in store for him. Cutting Edge Sports Management, hosts of Dream Bowl II, a college football all-star game played January 20, 2014, at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, provided Levi with a weekend he will not soon forget.
Levi John Hains is 6 years old and the youngest of 3 boys.  Levi was diagnosed with the most progressive form of Muscular Dystrophy, known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. With the help of his mother, Perlita, and father, Gordy, the Hains family created the charity, Levi’s Fight, in honor of their brave son, as they seek a cure for Duchenne. The Hains family is big supporters of the LVC football program and the entire school community has taken up the cause for Levi’s Fight. DMD has a 100% fatality rate and is typically diagnosed in boys between the ages of 3-7. They will generally lose their ability to walk between ages 8-12.  The symptoms of this disease and the fact no cure exists for DMD is unacceptable to CESM and the Hains family.

 

Levi’s story was brought to the attention of CESM by two extraordinary members of the Lebanon Valley College football team, Joey Miller andDream Bowl II Kevin Smith.  Upon their registration to play in the Dream Bowl, these outstanding young men thought not of their own recognition in this national all-star game being played in front of professional football scouts but rather they insisted that Levi be the one recognized. CESM took over from there.

 

On Saturday evening at the annual Dream Bowl football banquet, Levi and his family were the guests of honor. As the banquet program began, CESM President, Neil Malvone, called Joey and Kevin to the front of the room. Levi was then escorted to the podium by his parents. There, Joey and Kevin presented Levi with an honorary captain Dream Bowl jersey with his name and his familiar # 2 on the back. Smiling ear-to-ear, Levi hugged his mom and dad and slapped fives with Joey and Kevin. Levi’s weekend was only just beginning. Throughout the weekend, CESM sold Levi’s Fight wristbands and donated all proceeds to Levi’s Fight. In addition, a portion of all ticket sales of fans who mentioned LVC and Levi was also donated by Cutting Edge Sports Management.

 

On game day, Levi again took center stage and as captain of the Crusaders he participated in the ceremonial coin toss at midfield. When asked by the referee if he was ready, his excited mom stated, “Oh yes. Levi loves to flip the coin for the opening coin toss!” Levi enjoyed the Dream Bowl from the best seat in the house – walking up and down the sideline holding his dad’s hand.   After the game, Levi posed with the championship trophy surrounded by the all-stars from both teams.

CESM asks that everyone join Levi’s Fight and purchase wristbands to help Levi and the Hains family discover a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

For further information about Levi’s Fight please visit their website: www.levisfight.com
For More Information about the Dream Bowl – Please Contact:

CUTTING EDGE SPORTS MANAGEMENT

Neil Malvone

President

908-510-0087

 

 

All-Stars Shine in Dream Bowl II

— Virginia Beach, VA

ALL-STARS SHINE IN DREAM BOWL II

Dream Bowl II

 

College football all-stars from across the country descended upon Virginia Beach, Virginia this past Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend to put on the pads one more time to battle for bragging rights in the 2nd Annual Dream Bowl. Cutting Edge Sports Management in conjunction with HSM, managers of the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, played host to an exciting football game filled with big plays and great players. The weekend began with an NFL-run combine featuring scouts Raleigh McKenzie of the Oakland Raiders and CFL scouts, Bryan Perez of the Ottawa Redblacks, and Russ Lande of the Montreal Alouettes. Next the players went through two days of practices and team meetings culminating in the Monday afternoon kickoff. Unlike last year’s brutal weather conditions, the players were treated to a 55 degree day with a bright sun and blue sky.

 

Coach Jerry Flora of William Paterson University was unable to join the festivities as he was home with his 6-year old son who was hospitalized on the eve of Dream Bowl weekend. Fortunately, the rest of Coach Flora’s staff from the school was able to step in and lead the Patriots. In his place, Head Coach Mike Cieri of Montclair State (NJ) led the blue-clad Patriots onto the field followed by the Crusaders dressed in red and led by their Head Coach Jordan Neal of Hendrix College (ARK). The challenge for head coaches in all-star games is to meld players from different teams, conferences, and regions into a football team in a short period of time. Both head coaches and their staffs worked hard all weekend and the result was an impressive display by both teams in which every player had the opportunity to make an impact on the game. The Dream Bowl rosters were filled with All-Conference players from around the country and these talented players created great plays on both sides of the ball.

 

An early turnover by the Crusaders on a hit by TCNJ LB Nick Bricker led to the game’s first points as QB Ryan Gresik of William Paterson University hit Geneva wide receiver Rocco Colavecchia in the back of the end zone for a 1 yard toss. The Patriots defense had stymied the Crusaders offense until late in the first quarter when the Crusaders finally broke through with their first touchdown of the game. QB Brent Peavy of Texas Lutheran University ran up the middle on the keeper for the score. With Randolph Macon kicker Tracy Murden’s extra point, the Crusaders took a 7-6 lead. Murden would finish the day with an impressive 6 extra points. In the second quarter, the Patriots went back on top 12-7 as Colavecchia caught his second touchdown pass of the game, this one on a strike from QB Aabed Nekrawesh of Rockford (Ill.) University. A few minutes before the half, the Crusaders reclaimed the lead as the Crusaders finally had their offense clicking as Devron Clark of Albright College made a spectacular over the shoulder 33-yard touchdown grab on a pass thrown by Manchester University QB Nick Williams.

 

The second half would turn out to be all Crusaders on the scoreboard but the final score was a bit deceiving as the Patriots hung tough all afternoon. OT Dashawn Johnson of William Paterson caught the eye of the scouts all weekend but he could not do it alone. Hamstrung by a few key injuries on the offensive line, the Patriots coaching staff used WR Colavecchia and TE Drake Harrington of Bluffton University to help along the line. However, Dream Bowl Defensive MVP Devin Myers of Western Connecticut State University with 3.5 sacks and Silvio Diaz of D-III semi-finalist Mary Hardin-Baylor with 2 sacks proved to be too much. On the offensive side of the ball, RB Ryan Montague, Offensive Player of the Year in the American Southwest Conference, took over on the ground scoring three touchdowns on runs of 26, 22, and 3 yards. Montague finished the day with 11 carries for 79 yards and 3 touchdowns to earn the Dream Bowl Offensive MVP Award. Ryan’s family traveled all the way from New Orleans to watch him play in his last ever college game and they were not disappointed. A happy cousin exclaimed, “The Dream Bowl gave Ryan a chance to go out on top.” 2 touchdowns from Guilford’s Nick Mearite of 19 and 35 yards rounded out the scoring.

 

Other standout performances included Nick Williams who had an outstanding afternoon connecting on 9 of 12 passes for 122 yards including the touchdown pass to Clark and the 35 yarder to Mearite. Williams also gained 23 yards on the ground. QB Rob Gallik of Illinois Wesleyan also had an impressive game as he completed 11 of 13 passes for 120 yards including a 53 yard bomb to Joey Miller from Lebanon Valley College who along with his college teammate DT Kevin Smith were wearing #2 in honor of team captain Levi Hains. Patriots LB Ryan Lowe of TCNJ who had 5 tackles and WPU DB Andre Snead who led the Patriots defense with 7 tackles. TCNJ WR Frederick Sprengel IV, Wittenberg WR Desmond Kirkman and Colavecchia tied for the team lead in receptions with 4 apiece. While Kyle Schuberth from Delaware Valley College played a huge role in the Patriot offense with 7 carries for 50 yards and 2 catches for 19. For the Crusaders, Mearite finished with 86 yards on 7 catches to tie for the team lead with Louisiana College WR Jerome “The Tank” Wright, Jr. Shenandoah University standout defensive players were key contributors to the Crusader defense as LB Tommy Abel had 6 tackles and 2 interceptions while DB Byron Mitchell had 5 tackles and a fumble recovery. DB Austin Blashka and his UW-Oshkosh teammate, Manfred Johnson, Jr. also contributed to the defensive effort as Blashka had an interception and pass defended while Johnson made two tackles in the game. Manchester University DT Dylin Kennedy contributed 3 tackles and was a force on the line throughout the game.

 

As the referee blew the final whistle, the Patriots and Crusaders, no longer combatants but now a part of history, met at midfield where they knelt in prayer thankful for the opportunity to play another game and grateful for the chance to show their skills to the scouts in attendance. As Bryan Perez noted, “Cutting Edge Sports Management did a great job bringing talent to the Dream Bowl. I was very impressed with the players and many have the opportunity tom play at the next level.” As Executive Vice-President, Richard Vellucci said, “The Dream Bowl is the only D-II and D-III all-star game that provides players with a shot at living out their dream in front of true NFL and CFL scouts. This is what the Dream Bowl is all about.”

 

Honorary Captain Levi Hains, a 6-year old boy who suffers from the most progressive form of Muscular Dystrophy, known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, joined in the post-game euphoria and posed with the championship trophy surrounded by his friends from Lebanon Valley College, all-stars Joey Miller and Kevin Smith. Seeing the players from both teams gather around Levi proved that the final score no longer mattered. Parents hugged their children, many of whom will have played their last game at the Dream Bowl, and many more stopped to soak in the sunshine and savor the moment. Patriot center, Johnathon Alvarez, had over 20 friends and family members in the crowd. His father, Jorge, summed up the feelings surrounding the 2014 Dream Bowl, “we had an outstanding experience and the entire weekend was great and the Dream Bowl was a great send off to his college career. Thank you CESM for giving the players a memory to last a lifetime.” Another proud parent, Cindy Chierici created another lasting memory of Dream Bowl II with a picture of good friends and The College of New Jersey teammates, Ryan Lowe, Fred Sprengel IV, Nick Bricker, and Matt Chierici, the game’s Special Teams MVP, standing together on the field side–by-side one last time.

 

The Dream Bowl brought players and families together for one more college football game and helped raise awareness for Levi. CESM asks that everyone join Levi’s Fight and help Levi and the Hains family discover a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For further information about Levi’s Fight please visit their website: www.levisfight.com
CESM wants to inform all Juniors named to their all-conference teams this season that they are automatically invited to next year’s Dream Bowl game.

 

For More Information about the Dream Bowl – Please Contact:

CUTTING EDGE SPORTS MANAGEMENT

Neil Malvone

President

908-510-0087

Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette History

Don Hansen

Don Hansen

“Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette” was started in 1986 by Don Hansen.  The Football Gazette covered NCAA 1-AA, NCAA 1-AA Mid-Major, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, NCCAA and CIS Canada over the years.  It was the first publication of it’s kind with exclusive coverage of Small College Football.  Don Hansen was a pioneer in covering the smaller football programs and was recognized as the expert in his field.  Don Hansen’s National Weekly was also the first Small College Football publication to be posted on the internet.

Each year the Football Gazette would publish his All-America Teams for each division; which was highly anticipated by the schools in each division.  Most years there were Pre-Season and Post-Season Teams.  He would print All-America certificates which he would sign and have his son, Dave Hansen, sign them and mail them to the schools for distribution to the athletes.

Each week Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette was published and mailed throughout the world to the subscribers.  Within the pages were Top 10 Division Rankings, game stories, game results, conference standings, Players of the Week for Offense, Defense and Special Teams.  Don also published his top predictions within each division.  Many years his predictions were close to 70% accurate.  Now think about that for a bit, he would make predictions within each division of NCAA 1-AA, NCAA 1-AA Mid-Major, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, NCCAA and CIS Canada. There are hundreds of games each week.  No one could compare to his knowledge of this level of college football.

Don’s love for Small College Football was sparked by his Uncle Tom Bourgart.  Tom was already attending college football games in the mid-50’s and one weekend asked Don to come along and was hooked from that point on.  Each weekend became an adventure in planning a road trip by car to see as many games as they could.  Back then they could catch a Friday night game, maybe in River Falls, Wisconsin, catch a day and night game on Saturday in Minnesota and finally catch a game on Sunday also in Minnesota.

He continued to feed his enjoyment of college football throughout the years. In 1980, he began to make predictions on all the college football games and send them out to newspapers across the nation. Football News asked him to rank the smaller college divisions (NCAA 1-AA, II, III and NAIA) along with his predictions for them. He also did All-Americans for them that year.

After several years of the Football News publishing his material he decided to try and put his own publication together.  So, in 1986 he started publishing Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette.  Many Sports Information Directors would fax stories to him to have published.  Don would travel to a game on Saturday and write a story covering the game and include it in the publication.  Each week he would have more Football Gazettes printed than he had subscribers and would hand them out at the games he would attend.  This was “Only One of A Kind” as he published on the front of the gazette.  It truly was the only one of it’s kind.  Subscriptions started to come in each week which helped to keep his work going.

The Football Gazette was a in a niche market and at that time advertisement money was not available to his publication.  This was both good and bad.  Good because you could trust the rankings were not influenced by money advertisement and Bad because it was always a struggle to have enough to break even each year.

During one of the college football trips Don made he met a man that would become his closet friend, Craig Borroughs.  Craig was on a quest to see every college football match in every college football field and would write stories on each game to document his experience.  Craig offered to travel across the United States and Canada to cover college football games.  He became Don Hansen’s Football Gazette National Correspondent.  Craig would drive his car across the US and into Canada each week to see a new match-up.  Every week he would write an article covering the week and he titled it “The Red Zone.”  Craig’s articles were published weekly with a complete year’s summary at season’s end.   He would also update the readers on the progress he had made with his goal of attending all possible college football matchups.

Dave Hansen started helping his Dad after graduation from college and was the co-editor as well as webmaster for the Gazette.  Don’s other son, Dan Hansen helped while he was in High School with preparing the page layouts with a scissors, paste, and hard cardboard pages for the printer to use as the proof copy for printing.  This was all before home computers were available.  Hansen would go thru 1 or 2 word processing typewriters each year.

Dave Hansen took over ownership of the publication when Don Hansen’s health started to make publishing difficult because of neuropathy and lung problems from a lifetime of chain smoking.  He struggled to feel anything with his fingertips which made typing a complete challenge.  There were many physical health issues, but Don’s mind was still sharp.  Dave would handle all of the receiving of articles, subscription sales, page layout and getting the proof to the printer.  Don would continue to Rank Teams, choose Players of the Week, make predictions and organize the All-America teams until he was no longer able live without hospice care.

Don Hansen was the Recognized Expert on Small College Football.

  • He was a member of Melberger Award Selection Committee.
  • A member of the Committee for NCAA Division III player of the year.
  • A member of the John Gagliardi Award selection committee and Sports Information Directors of America.
  • A member of the NCAA Division II Hall of Fame Committee.
  • A member of the “The Farm Team All-American” Selection Committee.
  • Received a Celebrity Certificate of Appreciation from the American Red Cross.
  • Listed in the following: Marques Who’s Who, America, The World, The Media, The Midwest and Finance and Industry.
  • Leadership Trophy from Chase Park, Chicago
  • Statistician of the Year, Oak Park-River Forest High School, Oak Park, Ill
  • Originator of Oak Park annual wrestling tournament
  • He also contributed articles to professional Journals.
  • His polls have been published all over the Nation.
  • Don was published in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Football News, and numerous others.

Don Hansen’s Birthday

Today my Dad would have been 77 years old.

Happy Birthday Dad.  I miss you.

Don Hansen

Don Hansen