Washington, Metamora Alumni Ready For Alumni Football Game Saturday

One Hundred Former Players Will Suit Up Aug. 15

Washington, Ill. - They are calling it "The War to Settle The Score."

Nearly 100 players will be in uniform for Saturday's full-contact alumni football game between rivals Washington and Metamora High Schools. The game is at 7 p.m. at Washington's Babcook Field.

"If you're not out here to have fun, then you shouldn't be out here," said 1984 Washington grad Kenny Hopp. "It wasn't too hard to talk people into playing when we brought up the idea to alumni. We've had a great turn-out, great people sign up. So we should be ready to go."

Metamora was 40 players practicing and ready for the game, Washington has 60.

"Growing up you hear about the legends you get to play with. I'm a 22-year-old great that gets to play with some of the greats, finally. It should be a really good experience," said 2011 Metamora grad Preston Butner.

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at Germantown Grille and at Kep's Sports Bar and Lindy's Market in Washington. The money from ticket sales made before Saturday will be split between the schools for their fundraising purposes.

Tickets bought on Saturday will go to the company putting on the alumni game.

"We have fathers and sons getting to play with each other. I think we've got some brothers playing together, players playing with coaches that they played for," said 2008 Washington grad Austin Fisher. "So it's definitely an awesome thing."

As of Monday, over 3,500 tickets had been purchased for the game.

"For me, I've told some of the Metamora people, it's like being on 'Fantasy Island without Mr. Rohrk and Tatoo," said Metamora's David Horn, who is a JFL coach and who's son is a lineman on the current Metamora squad.. It's just been awesome."

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