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Most former high school football players think they will never play again. However, Texas Alumni Football is changing that, with not one but two alumni football games on Saturday at Mustang Bowl.
It will be Roby vs. Roscoe in the opener of the doubleheader at 4 p.m. That game is followed by Sweetwater vs. Snyder in the nightcap starting at 7:30 p.m.
Texas Alumni Football is also responsible for two other Abilene-area games on Saturday. Aspermont plays Hermleigh on Aspermont's field at 2 p.m., and Stamford squares off with Haskell at Stamford's Bulldog Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Members of Sweetwater's roster for Saturday night's game are Isaac Aguilar (Class of '95), Nemesis Armstead (Class of '97), Lamar Blueford (Class of '95), Nick Boil (Class of '99), Terry Clemmer (Class of '94), Steven Fields (Class of '09), Dean Mayfield (Class of '99), Rufus McCann (Class of '09), Giles Montgomery (Class of '04), Kevin Oliver (Class of '99), Jonathan Palafox (Class of '98), Tod Tinney (Class of '99), Dwayne Watts (Class of '98), Shederick Williams (Class of '97), Travis Wright (Class of '97), Jason Blueford (Class of '97), Mark Lara (Class of '94), Alex Kamer (Class of '06), Donnie Daniel (Class of '00) and Tim Medina (Class of '03).
Texas Alumni Football, which is based in Austin, claims to have suited up over 5,000 ex-Texas high school football players this year in various locations around Texas. The games are popular with players and fans, as over 3,000 fans watched Class 2A alumni games in Crane and Big Lake earlier this year.
Texas Alumni Football says local communities enjoy a rare opportunity to watch their former high school gridiron stars in action again, and schools benefit by having the opportunity to re-engage alumni and to gain financially.
Schools keep 100 percent of concession revenues, and often find other ways to raise funds for their schools during the games.