If you come out and watch them play you will see guys in their 30s, 40s and even 60s, (yes, you read that correctly), playing tackle football.
“Our guys are tough,” stated Cavanah. “There are some guys that just sit back and wait for that perfect opportunity to hit somebody and boy do they take it.”
The two schools played the alumni game twice in the 80s but misconduct from both sides led to the game being called off.
“I think the last time I remember them playing there were 16 fights and over 30 penalty flags thrown,” said White House Principal Scott Langford.
White House will be responsible for selling tickets for this year’s game.
“Tickets will cost 10 dollars apiece,” said football coach Jeff Porter. “We get to keep half of the proceeds up until game day.”
Both teams will be introduced at halftime the night before at the Portland versus White House game.
“I think it is a really good thing for both communities,” stated Cavanah. “It really allows us to see how much the game used to mean to both teams, while showing us that we can make this rivalry intense again.
“This is a huge sacrifice by these men,” continued Cavanah. “If you think about it, they’re putting their jobs in jeopardy with injury which then affects their family. It was a really good game last year that Portland won, 14-7, so I’m sure White House will be looking for some payback.”
When speaking with Langford, I asked if he ever considered putting on the pads one more time.
“Well you always think you can lace them up one more time,” says Langford. “Then reality sets in. No matter how old you are, you will always toy with the idea – until you talk to your wife. There is no chance I would play.”
Langford also says that as a school this is something they could never sponsor.
“When you look at the risk of injury and insurance, it’s just impossible for the schools to sponsor,” state Langford. “There is a company that actually travels around the country putting on alumni games and they identified our game as one of the more intense rivalries.”
The game is set for September 5 at White House.