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Alumni game returns

Former Boone, Crockett football players to take to face-off June 1:
Former Daniel Boone and David Crockett high school football alumni will return to the gridiron for a second straight year in what has become the annual Legends Alumni Musket Bowl game.
The contest was brought to Jonesborough by Alumni Football USA for the first time last year and was welcomed with much enthusiasm by the Jonesborough and Gray communities.
Now the game has become a new tradition for the two high schools and their alumni.
The rivalry game will rotate to Boone this year with kickoff set for Saturday, June 1, at 7 p.m.
In addition to offering football alumni of both schools a chance to return to their alma maters and the field, the game serves as a fundraiser for the schools’ athletic departments.
“Last year the game was able to raise $7,500, which really helped out our athletic account,” David Crockett Athletic Director Josh Kite said. “We are preselling tickets right now and the schools receive 50 percent of the proceeds. We are really excited for the game.”
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the schools.
The alumni football game, or Legends of the Musket Bowl as it became known, began as an idea last year when Alumni Football USA contacted Kite regarding the possibility of the school hosting a game for former Crockett football players.
Alumni Football USA began as a dream for Bob Cazet to relive the glory days of his youth by participating in just one more game.
That dream eventually became a reality in 1985 when he began offering other former players the opportunity to play in a full-contact game.
Since, Alumni Football USA has brought alumni contests to locations all over the country. Recently, a regional headquarters opened in Bristol.
According to Kite, participating alumni from Boone and Crockett have been practicing for the last month for the upcoming game.
Crockett has 38 former players signed up to play and Boone has 30 ready to take to the gridiron.
The contest is once again expected to draw a large crowd.
“We actually ran out of food last year at the concessions,” Kite said. “We had more people attend last year’s game than we expected and we are hoping for another big crowd this year.”
Kite says the game is all about strengthening community ties and giving back to the alumni of both Crockett and Boone.
“I hear all the time, ‘Man that’s a great athlete. I wish I could have played with them,’” Kite said. “Now these guys have that chance, whether they are 18 or 60.
“It’s all about giving back to our alumni and it is great fellowship for our community.”