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Bragging rights on the line with first Comet alumni football game
SoVaNow.com / June 20, 2013In case you’ve wondered, it’s fair to say second year Halifax County High School varsity football coach Mike Roark is already dialed in, focused on Comet football.
Roark is a high-energy guy, looking every day for ways to bolster the HCHS program.
Now, he has something new - the first Comet alumni football game.
It’s designed to raise money.
Roark is already selling ads for the next edition of the Comet football program, and he is trying to bolster the Comet football revenue picture with this alumni football game.
The alumni game is set for Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.
Roark said some of his coaching pals are running alumni games around the state, even in small markets. “I saw some of the schools that are doing it are 300-400 (student) high schools, and they’re making five, six thousand dollards.”
Roark has to get 50 guys committed to play in order for the alumni game to happen. Roark figures he’ll have enough players to get the job done.
Figuring out the rosters should be simple, based on an odd-even approach.
“If you graduated 1988, you’re on one team, you graduated in 1989, you’re on the other team,” said Roark.
Roark is very positive about the alumni team, and he has approval from the higher powers in the school system for the game. The Comets expect to make money on tickets, concessions, and VIP parking.
Roark said this gives an opportunity for some of the graduates to exhibit some athleticism they had boasted about since their high school days.
“Think about it. You’re 33 years old ... you haven’t played high school football in ten years (in other cases) ... you’ve been telling your son and daughter how much you played, how good you are, here’s a chance to show ‘em,” said Roark.
Some of the former Comet players who are now on the staff are looking at playing, including Corey Jackson, a recent University of Richmond standout. And some other former Comets have expressed interest.
“There’s no real downside (financially). There’s no money out of our pockets,” Roark said. The company behind this concept and provides security, liability and cleanup. All HCHS has to do is get at least 50 guys - who have to sign waivers - to play.
The Comets will have a scrimmage that Friday night, followed by the alumni game. Roark might have some fun seeking to find volunteer coaches, for a good cause.
It’s all about the Blue and White, as Roark builds interest in the Comet football program.
Tickets to the game are $10, and VIP parking is $10.
WHEN & WHERE: Aug. 17, at 7 pm. It’s the first Halifax County High School Alumni Football game. It will be held at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium.
WHO CAN PLAY: The game is open to any former HCHS football player. Comet head football coach Mike Roark noted the organizers need 50 players to sign up to participate.
Teams will determined by graduation year, Odd year vs Even year. All Equipment will be provided by Alumni Football USA. http://www.alumnifootballusa.com
Anybody interested in playing can sign up by either going to http://www.alumnifootballusa.com or call (866) u get hit.
Alumni Football USA provides liability insurance, pays for officials, clean up crew and security.
Check out their 2012 Highlight Reel
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