|Alumni game allows former players to relive glory
On a crisp fall day 53 men got the opportunity to relive their glory days on the gridiron. Graduates of Central and Lenoir City met on the field for a full pad alumni football game. The oldest was 43. The youngest was 19.
Their reason for playing varied. But all were happy to be on the field. "I won't play like in the glory days, but now, being back out here with these younger guys, yeah, it's fun," says Scott Sutton, a 1991 Central grad.
The game also provided a rare opportunity for four members of the Lenoir City team, the Pratt family. A father and three sons who never dreamed of the opportunity to be able to play on the same field at the same time. "It's something you never expect to happen. You spend your life watching them grow up and watching them play ball and now here you are out here with them," says Daniel Pratt, a member of Lenoir City's 1989 graduating class.
Lenoir City won the game 7-0. The final score didn't matter much. Just getting the chance to play one more snap is all that counts, according to 1998 Central grad Scooby Parks, "This right here has been a beautiful thing. The love I have for football. The passion that's within me, it'll never die. I could be 80 and if somebody will let me put on pads, I'll put them on."
Some dreams never fade away.