By David Gravely
SWT Sports Editor
For some of these guys, it’s been quite a few years. For others, it hasn’t been quite that long. Either way, the simple thought of being able to put on that gold helmet one more time and walk onto the field as a Pulaski County Cougar football player was all it took. The game is on.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, a group of not so young men will take the field to play in what is quickly becoming a very popular fundraiser. Former members of the Cougar football team will suit up for a full-contact contest against former members of the Radford Bobcats football team.
the same type of games have happened in our area with a number of teams. The whole idea began in 1985, when Bob Cazet, a former Marine in California, organized a game for some of his old high school football buddies. It didn’t take long for him to realize that others around the country would love to have the same chance, and soon after he formed Alumni Football USA.
The group partners will school systems, giving the schools a chance to raise much needed revenue without any cost to the school. Once the two schools are selected to play and organize teams, AFUSA provides all equipment, field liability insurance, officials, announcers, the chain gang EMT’s, security, organization of game day, and anything else needed for a successful event. In return, the schools only provide the use of their football field on game day.
During the game, the schools get 50 percent of all pre-sale tickets sold. The schools are also allowed to sell their own concessions, hold raffles, and any other activities they wish to run for fundraising.
So will this be a game worth watching? Judge for yourself based on some of the names already signed on to play. You may remember a guy by the name of Andre Eaves who led the Cougars to the 1992 AAA Division 6 State Championship. He’s ready to put on that number 19 jersey again. Anyone remember a little guy named Ernie Hodge? Old number sixwent on to play for Ohio University, but now he’s ready to put on the cardinal and gold again. Rocky Huff, Taylor Akers, Eric Webb, Chris Lawson, Pedro Salamanca, David Jeter, and many others will be taking the field for the Cougars. As of press time, there are 28 players ready to suit up.
At this time there has been no report of who will be playing for Radford, but if any game can bring the former Bobcats out for one more round, this one will be it.
Any former Cougar football players who would be interested in joining in on this great fundraiser are encouraged to contact Perry Reece at 320-4459, or Scott Vest at 392-0422. The next practice is scheduled for this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Randolph Park.