Alumni hit prac­tice field for for Au­gust 23 game

The Standard Journal - - Sports - By KEVIN MYRICK

A group of for­mer Cedar­town High School play­ers gath­ered over the weekend and com­mit­ted them­selves to lac­ing up their cleets once more and tak­ing to the grid­iron for one more shot at re­liv­ing for­mer glory in an alumni foot­ball game fundraiser com­ing up on Au­gust 23.

The game, be­ing or­ga­nized by Alumni Foot­ball USA, will take Cedar­town High’s for­mer foot­ball stars - now older and wiser - and pit them against their coun­ter­parts at Pepperell to help raise money for both foot­ball pro­grams.

Jar­rett Har­grave, the di­rec­tor for the South­east­ern United States for Alumni Foot­ball, said dur­ing the first prac­tice for alumni that their com­mit­ment to the game must be to­tal, in­clud­ing the $100 par­tic­i­pa­tion fee.

He said this is only the fifth year Alumni Foot­ball USA has been op­er­at­ing na­tion­wide, and that the pro­gram has al­ready played more than 500 games across the coun­try.

“We do this be­cause it gets for­mer play­ers to get in­volved, to be­come a part of the pro­gram again,” Har­grave said dur­ing a player’s meet­ing on Sun­day dur­ing the team’s first prac­tice.

Har­grave said the game will be full con­tact, but with some caveats. For in­stance, lineback­ers won’t be al­lowed to blitz the quar­ter­back, and play­ers will be play­ing un­der high school rules.

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