Saturday, the “Clash of the Badges” will determine who is to take the title for another year as firefighters play a game of flag football against sheriff’s deputies.
The deputies are one up and one player said the score won’t be quite as low as the 13-0 score recorded during the 2009 game.
At 4 p.m. Saturday, the challenge will take place at Bear Stadium at Bradley Central High School.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office “Pigs” will clash with the Bradley County Fire Rescue “Hosedraggers” to determine who gets bragging rights, but the positive for both teams is to know they fought to raise money for a worthy cause.
Jack Roe is a cancer patient who continues to undergo treatment.
His wife Lynn, is a corrections officer at the Bradley County Jail.
The Roes have experienced large medical needs and bills associated with Jack’s illness.
“My only quote,” offered Tony “Hollywood” Cameron of the Pigs: “Do you hear it? … That’s the Pig Train and it’s coming after you Hosedraggers! … and Johnny Stokes is the engineer.”
Corey Davis, quarterback for the Hosedraggers, said the Pigs “won’t be scoring as much as they think.”
“I predict 35-7, our favor,” said Davis.
“We are going to dominate by having more yardage due to a good offense and we will hold them with our defense.”
Davis is known as the “Dominator” for his skills as QB.
The Hosedraggers said they are better prepared this year, then the trash talk began again.
Davis accused the deputies of trying to “buy” some of their plays.
This occurred Thursday afternoon as the Pigs visited with the Hosedraggers at their headquarters.
“A certain traffic investigator is who I am accusing,” said Davis.
Cameron was the Pig player he was accusing of attempting to buy the plays.
“I deny that. Their plays aren’t worth a quarter,” he said.
Another Hosedragger chimed in.
James Smith plans on “taking them out” if the Pigs begin to tackle during the flag football game.
“We will go into “flackle” mode,” he said, which is a combination of flag football and tackling that’s not actually within the rules of flag football.
Stokes predicted the Pigs would outscore the Hosedraggers 21-zip.
Since he is the engineer of the “Pain Train,” he may know something everyone else playing the game Saturday doesn’t.
Admission to the game is $5.
The “Clash of the Badges” was established as the J.J. “Bug” Johnson Memorial Game and was a tremendous success last year.
Concessions and T-shirts will also be available at the game Saturday on the field at Bradley Central High School. Donations can be made at Southern Heritage Bank, c/o The Jack Roe Cancer Fund.
Gates open at 3 p.m. and the game starts at 4 p.m.
For additional information, contact Tammy Watkins at 593-7269.