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Wrecking Crew flag football game plans expand

SoVaNow.com / July 22, 2021

The HCHS/GW flag football reunion game to honor Comets players who won the 1991 VHSL state football championship will take place on Sept. 18, and the event is growing thanks to the community support organizers are receiving.

Initial plans were to offer a youth football clinic in conjunction with the game. Now the Wrecking Crew alums will also have merchandise and food vendors at the high school during the day to provide a flea market/fair-type atmosphere.

Former Wrecking Crew member Vincent “Scooter” Sutphin, who is heading up the event, said this truly is all about helping the Comet football program and the Halifax County community. Monies collected through vendors and sponsorships will go back to Halifax County High School to support just that.

“Everything is still on,” Sutpin said. “We’re getting a lot of the business side of things squared away. Just getting licenses and paperwork signed.

“We’re charging $25 for merchandise vendors and $60 for food vendors, set up like a flea market-fair style. Vendor and sponsorship monies will go to school.

“When the kids come to the clinic we are trying to have food merchandise so parents won’t just drop them off but come out and see what we have to offer.”

The cost to attend the game and have access to the vendors will be $5. A $35 ticket is good for a whole-day pass.

The day-pass will allow one to attend the game and then festivities that will take place at the Halifax County Fairgrounds, where live entertainment along with food and drinks will be happening. Beer and wine will also be available at the post-game celebration.

“Beer and wine is complimentary with the ticket,” Sutphin explained. “The alcohol will only be available at the fairgrounds. I wanted to make sure we separated the alcohol from the kids. We want each of the events to be safe and welcoming for everyone.”

Sutphin said Comet varsity football head coach Rob Senseney has contacted him and is working with them to make sure the event has the full support of the football program.

Al “Big Al” Ford, who was a linebacker and tight-end on the championship team, said he is happy to be a part of the reunion game. He noted not only will it bring guys from the team back together but also help bring the community back after a year of COVID-19.

“We’re so excited because it is an opportunity to bring the guys together,” Ford said. “A lot of us haven’t seen each other in some years and this is our 30th year coming up.”

Ford said he has great memories of being a member of the team. “The comraderie, we were all just kids 16-18 years old. We brought people together of all ages, all races. We were the center of attention everywhere in Halifax County. It hasn’t been duplicated; it hasn’t been matched.”

Ford said as former players have talked with each other, the general feeling has been, “We need to do more.” Ford hopes the reunion game will be the first phase of a permanent occurrence.

“We care about all,” Ford said. “One of our concerns over the years has been our program (football team). We want to help the new coach (Robert Senseney) and help him build a strong feeder program even down to the middle school level, work with the recreation kids and the high school kids and bring all that together and try to get them on one accord; that’s what we want to do.

“A lot of us left Halifax and never really came back. But it’s like now we’ve been awakened and we want to give back. The kids are our future and Halifax County is our future and from there we just want to build.

“We want to provide any level of advancement any opportunity for these kids because it’s our duty. It’s coming full circle. We hope to ignite or spark a change in Halifax.”

Jimmie Clark, who was a wide receiver for the championship team, echoed and elaborated upon Ford’s thoughts.

“I would like to see the relationships built with kids up to 18 years old,” Clark said. “Let them see what’s going to happen with them when they go to play college football. My son plays college football and it’s a small window or chance that he could end up in the NFL. I also have a son who plays college basketball.

“Hopefully get the kids out of Halifax to open their eyes of what is possible with football and a good education. Their true potential isn’t what they do on the field but what’s between their ears.”

Clark mentioned several of the Crew that have gone on to have great, productive lives. He spoke of Joe Wilkins who went to William & Mary and enjoyed successes in sports following his college career. He is now CEO of a hospital.

“A lot of good people from that ‘O’ and D-line are doing very well for themselves,” said Clark. “We’ve got to bring that home.”

Organizers now have some swag wear available for purchase, too. A former Comet, Damon Vass, whose father teaches at the high school, has designed a special jacket for the celebration. The jacket is designed like a high school letterman’s jacket. The body is made of navy wool and the sleeves of leather.

Sutphin said jackets can be purchased at 12 or more for $175 each; 11 or less at $195 each. A single jacket will probably go for $225. The jacket is made of very-high quality materials.

“I want to support his business, I want him to come out to the game and bring some of his product,” Sutphin said of Vass.”

Sutphin announced that a percentage of jacket sales will go towards starting a Wrecking Crew Scholarship. “That was VASS’s idea,” Sutphin added.

Sponsorship signs can also be purchased for $25 by individuals or businesses and will be displayed around the football field. The cost of the signs will also be donated back to the football program.

Ford said the only reason to not attend the game and the post-game celebration is if one already has something planned, or can’t get out of. He said this will be a day for Halifax County. Kids and adults alike.

“If you have any plans and can’t get a refund back, that should be the only reason you are not at this game,” Ford said. “When we come together, it’s magic — the atmosphere that we provide will be fun, laughter, jokes. We will bring a different level of fun and creativity. We are going to have something for all ages. We are going to provide a camp for these kids. We want to interact with the kids that are brand new all the way to the kids that we know their parents.”

To find out more about how plans are progressing one can visit the Facebook page setup at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports---Recreation/Halifax-vs-George-Washington-Flag-Football-Game-106404871403275/.

To order jackets and or sign up for vendors or sponsorships you can use Cash App - $OrganizedGame.

Order tickets online at Eventbrite by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1991-halifax-co-wrecking-crew-alumni-football-game-and-concert-tickets-160993208019.



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