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By Robbie Robertson
Sports Editor 

Brevard Alumni Gearing Up For June 8 Game – Brevard NC

 

Brevard alumni run through workouts prior to practice last week. Head coach Joe Hunter (top center) storms the practice field like General George S. Patton. (Times photos by Robbie Robertson) At far right, the McCracken brothers will re-take the field for the first time in more than 20 years. (Courtesy photo)

Blue Devil and Tiger fans and former players are gearing up for the inaugural alumni football game slated for June 8 at Silversteen Memorial Stadium in Rosman.

The winner will get bragging rights for at least a year. The losers will have to endure until a chance at redemption.

Both teams have been hard at work, some since the announcement last year of the upcoming game.

A more pressing matter is the issue of ticket sales, which have been brisk but with many more left to sell.

“It’s important that people purchase their tickets beforehand,” said Mick Galloway, athletic director of Rosman High School and one of the event organizers. “The only way for schools to receive the funds is on pre-sales. Proceeds from game-day ticket sales go 100 percent to Alumni Football USA.”

Tickets are available at: Cason Builders Supply, Julie’s Subs, the BHS main office, Dalton Insurance, Our Country Store, Henderson’s Greenhouse, McNeely’s Store and the RHS main office. Each school stands to make $5,000 from the game, if it is a sellout.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Brothers United, Brother Against Brother

When the Blue Devils take the field, Brevard faithful will see something seldom seen in years past: brothers united on the field.

Too often, star athletes are separated by too many years to showcase their talents at the same time.

At last count, five sets of brothers will take the field: Hunter (David and Jake); McCracken (Terry and Joe); Smathers (Josh and John); Deshauteurs (Manny and Pierre) and Sanders (Paul and David).

The most famous case, perhaps, is the brothers Deshauteurs: Manny and Pierre. One graduated in the previous milennium with rushing records, the other in 2004 as a defensive standout. Both will suit up in Brevard blue Saturday night.

The Smathers brothers — John (2006) and Josh (2011) will be on the line together for the first time.

Brevard alumni practice onsides kickoffs to various degrees of success.

“It gives you a chance to do something you couldn’t do in high school,” Josh said.

Of the five sets, only one, the McCrackens, took the field at the same time. They played a year together at linebacker. Terry welcomes the chance to take the field with his brother again.

“Playing again with him is going to be an awesome experience,” Terry said. “I can only imagine how excited the other guys are.”

Practices have gone well, Terry said, with an emphasis on defense.

“Defensively, it’s line up in the right spot, then kill the man with the football,” Terry said.

On opposite sides of the ball will be brothers Ritchie (BHS ‘85) and T.J. Hooper (Rosman ‘99). That will give fans a bit of on-field intrigue.

 
 

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