Alumni hit practice field for for August 23 game
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.