Fulton City, Fulton County alums meet on the gridiron
FULTON, KY -- If you drove past Fulton City High School this past Sunday, you might have seen several alumni playing what looked like a pickup football game. In reality, it was a practice as the 20 to 40 year old's prepare for a real game against Fulton County on Saturday.
"I thought it was a joke at first, because you never get to do this," Micah Edmison said. "Before we knew it we had more than 20 guys ready to play."
"From day one we called plays that we ran in High School," said Emmanuel Pettigrew, a member of Fulton City's team. "Everyone remembered how to play."
Meanwhile, down the road in Hickman, Kentucky, their opponents at Fulton County were putting in the final touches at their practice.
"We all played here and know the system," said Rodney Mitchell. "Its Pilot pride and we are ready for this game."
Some of the players playing in the game are more than ten years removed from their last game. And they had find out if they still could play.
"I'm 40 years old, and feel like I am still 32," Bruce Elam said, a player for Fulton County. "It's like turning on the TV, you always know how to do it."
But they are not in high school anymore, and the risk of getting hurt is still there.
"If it wasn't full contact I wouldn't be playing," Edmison said. "It's football and that is a part of it."
And part of this special game is getting a chance to play with players they never had a chance to play with.
"I coached six of these guys as a head coach here at Fulton County," James Bridges said. "I also played with eight of them while I was in school."
But can they put it all together in time for the game.
"It is going to be interesting," said Fulton City coach Kelly Edmison. "By the second quarter all of these guys could be tired."
Kickoff for the alumni game is set for 6 pm on Saturday night at Fulton County High School.