Alumni football game

“The 2nd Annual Battle for Clinch Mountain” will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at Volunteer.

CHURCH HILL – Cherokee and Volunteer alumni will join up for the second year as the Hawkins County Headhunters to play in an alumni football game set for this Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at Volunteer High School.

“The 2nd Annual Battle for Clinch Mountain” will feature the Hawkins County Headhunters, the combination of the Volunteer and Cherokee alumni, versus Grainger County alumni.

Cherokee and Volunteer had played each other in past editions of the alumni game until joining together to play Grainger County in last year’s game.

“A lot of people made new friends with former enemies,” said coach/organizer Doug Sawyer, adding that sportsmanship and fellowship was the point of the game. “We want to set good examples for the kids.”

So far, the Headhunters have about 20 players, Sawyer said.

“It’s never too late for new players,” Sawyer said. “If you are interested, call me. You will get playing time.”

Volunteer officials are getting the field ready and referees are hired for the contest, Sawyer said. The game will be played rain or shine.

“Lightning would be the only way it gets delayed,” he said.

Admission is $10. Some of the proceeds go toward the schools, Sawyer said.

For more information and for those interested in participating, should contact Sawyer at (423) 923-0854.