Last year, Gridiron Alumni football ran wild through the hills of West Virginia and Kentucky. This year, Gridiron Alumni is trying something that has never been done before: Playoffs.
Gridiron Alumni President, Chris Hall, said “It’s something that we’ve always wanted to do, but the logistics on it are mind boggling. I have been working on this for months.”
Hall said that trying to make 250-plus grown men with jobs, families, and schedules happy has not been easy. The playoffs will feature 8 local teams and 3 rounds of playoffs, culminating in a championship game for the King of the Coal Mines trophy.
Round one will feature the following teams:
Betsy Layne vs Phelps, April 4th, 2014:
Sheldon Clark vs Tug Valley, April 5th, 2014
Pike County Central vs Pikeville, April 11th, 2014
Belfry vs Williamson, April 12th, 2014
Round 2 will feature the winners of the 4 games playing on May 16th and 17th.
The King of the Coal Mines Championship game will be held on June 21st, 2013.
With the alumni games that were played last year saw these scores. Pike Central and Phelps battled to an 8-8 tie, Pikeville edged by Belfry 26-22, Belfry ran past Sheldon Clark 35-14 and Williamson shut down Burch 32-0.
Locations are still being determined as Gridiron Alumni is working with local fields and administrators. Details will be released as they come available. All Gridiron Alumni games have a charitable component to them.
Host High schools get 100 percent of the concession stands and a portion of the gate. Since 2010, Gridiron Alumni has raised over $250,000 for schools and charities. Players from local schools are still welcome to register at www.gridironalumni.com. Although they will not be able to be part of the King of The Coal Mines championship, if any other area teams would like to play alumni football, they are also welcome to register or call Chris at (530) 410-6396.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)