October 21, 2014

W-P to host longtime rival Tawas in alumni legends game Aug. 9

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Derek Harrison of W-P looks for an open player on offense.
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WHITTEMORE –– Tensions will be running high as Whittemore-Prescott gets ready to face its longtime rival Tawas in the annual alumni legends game Aug. 9 at Whittemore-Prescott High School.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Coach Kyle Tobin said originally he talked to Pinconning and Tawas about a four-way rotating alumni legends series, but at the time, Tawas was not able to make a commitment, so it fell apart.

“We enjoyed playing Standish-Sterling the last two years, and when Coach Webb at Tawas indicated they wanted to get involved, it was decided that was a better fit,” Tobin said. “Having the game on the Saturday before the start of football is a great way to kick off the 2014 season.”

Tobin said people should come out to the game because not only will it be a beautiful, warm summer evening, but because of the lights that can be seen on Mills Road, the dogs and brats grilling, and some of the all-time best players in W-P and Tawas history suiting up and getting to play a game they love.

“Plus there is going to be a big crowd, lots of fun and everybody goes to work Monday, sore but safe,” he said.

Tobin said any alumni player 18 or older can participate, and the fee is $75, which goes right back to the program.

The cost for spectators is $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12 and preschool is free. The money raised at the game goes back to football.

“Also, we will be raffling the game ball used in the 2000 championship game,” Tobin said. “So people will have a chance to win the ball Travis Harrison used when we beat Schoolcraft and he set the MHSAA passing yardage record. Now, that’s being donated by me and I hope we put that ball in the hands of a big W-P football fan.”

Spectators heading out to the game can expect a great football game.

“The last two years were really surprising,” he said. “The level of football was very good. Most of the players did a lot of conditioning work before the game.”

“We only had one practice before the game last year and they pick things up very quickly,” Tobin said.

“We are very excited to be doing this again,” Tobin said. “My first tailback (Tom Donaghy, class of ’79) will be getting the first carry again this year. Heck, I think he’s older than me, so that’s always fun.”

Tobin said when he and coach Webb met earlier this year to put their plan together, they talked about making sure this was going to be fun and safe.

“It’s just a lot of fun working with players from as far back as 30 or more years or as soon as last year,” he said. “It’s going to be a great way for Tawas and W-P to kick off the 2014 football season, and we hope people will come out and support the game.”

“And the players will be coached by each school’s respective coaching staffs,” he said.

“Anyone wanting more information can go on our Facebook page or call/text/email either coach Webb or coach Tobin for information,” he said. “We are hoping to have around 40 players. W-P players should report the morning of the game at 9 a.m. for registration and all-day activities leading up to the game.”

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