For the past two years, Pontiac Mayor Bob Russell has been on the winning sideline as coach in the One More Game competition, the annual one-day football spectacular now entering its fifth year here in Pontiac. Back in 2009, Russell’s squad defeated Pontiac High School’s Social Studies chairman Eric Sweetwood’s Orange squad 12-6 in double overtime; last year, Russell and former PTHS Athletic Director & Coach Don Daluga proved once again that “veteran” coaches can still get it done as their White team used two first half touchdowns and a staunch defense to upend the Orange squad of the “younger” coaches Eric Sweetwood, PTHS Social Studies Chairman and Mark Myre of WJEZ Radio 14-6.
This year, though, Coach Russell will face his “toughest” test yet as his opponent across the field will be former PTHS head coach and recently named Hall of Fame member Mick Peterson. The game will mark Peterson’s first contest since he retired from coaching following the 2006 season. Peterson’s last game at Williamson Field was a 14-7 Senior Night victory over Rochester on a cold, blustery October night back in that final year.
The fifth rendition of One More Game takes place on September 3 at Williamson Field. All of the proceeds from the event benefit the Champion Fitness Physical Therapy-Jill Bane Memorial Scholarship Fund, awarded to prospective students entering the physical therapy or athletic training fields.
Jeff Schade, owner of Champion Fitness Physical Therapy and organizer of the annual occasion, looks forward to the day each and every year. “The guys just have a great time every year, and the stories that go along with it get better and better. Plus, we are able to use the proceeds from the day to help benefit the Jill Bane Memorial Scholarship Fund. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
“It was the third of September,
that day I’ll always remember (yes I will),
cuz that was the day that my daddy….”
…played in ONE MORE GAME V!!!!!!
With respect to the Temptations, September 3 IS the day for One More Game V, the fifth annual fantasy football day when the boys of “old” become the “boys of fall” again. All proceeds go to the Champion Fitness Physical Therapy/Jill Bane Memorial Scholarship fund. Click here for more details!
One More Game V, a chance for former athletes and coaches to experience the feeling of what it would be like to be part of “The Boys of Fall” again, will be held at Williamson Field on the grounds of Pontiac High School on Saturday, September 3. The day-long event includes a morning workout, a motivational speaker during a lunch break, and an afternoon team workout before the game is played. Finally, a social is held for the players and their families after the festivities are over.
Jeff Schade, owner of Champion Fitness Physical Therapy and organizer of the annual occasion, feels the day has been a huge success for the prior four years and sees no reason why it can’t continue. “The weather normally cooperates, and the guys just have a great time. There’s just something that goes on when you put the pads on once again that makes the day so memorable. Plus, we are able to use the proceeds from the day to help benefit the Jill Bane Memorial Scholarship Fund. It is a win-win for everybody.”
In 2010, Pontiac Mayor Bob Russell and former PTHS Athletic Director & Coach Don Daluga proved once again that “veteran” coaches can still get it done as their White team used two first half touchdowns and a staunch defense to upend the Orange squad of the “younger” coaches, Eric Sweetwood, PTHS Social Studies Chairman and Mark Myre of WJEZ Radio 14-6 in ONE MORE GAME IV. Over 40 players participated, the second year in a row that the number allowed lots of platooning. More of the same is in store for 2011!