Gridiron Alumni Football Games a Big Success
What a weekend starting with the alumni of Calvary versus the alumni of Richmond Hill. Then the hyped game over the past month was on, Benedictine alumni against Savannah Christian alumni. The turnout was enormous. What was I struck with most as a spectator, fan, radio announcer, and coach were the electricity in the air before the game even started at Memorial Stadium.l
The Benedictine contingent packed the parking lot well before the game. Savannah Christian’s side was as well as streaming with Red Raider fanatics. It was pretty impressive I could imagine Friday’s night game between Calvary, and Richmond Hill was the same by reading Dean Moesch’s recap, which was in addition stirring.
Another big moment was seeing the legends of Savannah Coaches walking the sidelines or tosses the ceremonial coin flip before the game started. Savannah Christian’s legendary Jack Miller got to do the toss. It was great seeing him out on the football field. Furthermore, Jim Walsh Sr. Who roamed the sideline at Benedictine for a many a year was on the sideline coaching again during the game. The desire to be a part of the game never ends no matter how old you are.
As far as the game went, it was closer than a lot of people expected. Savannah Christian took the lead and set the tone, but the youth of the Benedictine team took over late in the second quarter. I have to give the players a lot of credit for putting it on the line one more time. Stamina did take over by the fourth quarter, but the fanfare, the camaraderie, and most of all the chance to play a game you love one more time was what made these games great and probably an annual affair. The Gridiron Alumni football games I felt were a big success and I am looking forward to next year's kickoff and for more schools to get involved.