Roscoe, Sweetwater alumni to live a dream

The third round of Texas Alumni Football for the area will be here in April, but this time, it will make dreams come true for many Roscoe and Sweetwater alumni. Former high school players from Roscoe and Sweetwater have teamed up to form a team and live out this dream. The dream? Playing a game of football at Cowboys Stadium. The games are open to all alumni of the Roscoe/Sweetwater area and the ages of the players will likely range from nineteen to mid-forties. The alumni team will play another alumni team from Commerce, a 3A school, northeast of Dallas. "It is early, but football is definitely in the air," said one player on the team, Nathan Hartkopf. He also stated that the team can have up to 50 players on the roster. "We are filling up pretty quick, but if anyone is still interested that wants to play just give me a call."Hartkopf can be reached at 325-864-5014.Two games will be played at the stadium that day, Saturday, April 14, 2012. The Roscoe/Sweetwater game will begin at 6 p.m. The cost to play in the game is $100 per player and each player must also sell five tickets to the game at $25 each. Sponsorships are also being taken for uniforms and other costs. Uniforms will be purple, silver and red with Plowboy and Mustang emblems on the jerseys. "It would be great to get the community involved in this game as it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our alumni," said Hartkopf.Most former high school football players never thought they would play again. “You don’t just play pickup games of full contact football when you graduate. For many guys, football is the biggest thing in the world in high school and then it’s taken away forever. People tell us all the time about how they’ve literally dreamed about the chance to play again,” says Tim Bishop, Director of Texas Alumni Football.The alumni games have been popular with players and fans. “We’ve heard from several West Texas towns that the biggest crowd they ever had was for the alumni game,” says Bishop. Local communities enjoy a rare opportunity to watch their former gridiron stars in action again.Each team can have up to 50 players with a minimum of 30 players per team. "If you are on the team, you will play," says Hartkopf. "This is a great way to represent both high schools and get to experience playing a game at Cowboys Stadium."Practices for the games will alternate in Roscoe and Sweetwater and will happen on Saturdays and Sundays. Contact Hartkopf for practice schedules.