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Pontiac, Seneca to face off in alumni game

Published: Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 3:05 p.m. CDT

Over the past several years, alumni from Seneca and Marseilles have started playing an annual basketball game for bragging rights along the canal. It brings players from all ages together to play and represent either the Fighting Irish or the Panthers.

For the last six years down in Pontiac, organizer Jeff Schade has put together a fantasy-camp type of experience for former football players called One-More Game. It was originally for former Pontiac players who worked out in a day-long camp and then split into two teams for an alumni game.

This year, however, Pontiac Indians alumni are going to square off against former Fighting Irish greats of the gridiron.

"When I learned about it, I wanted to play," Seneca graduate Max Sulzberger said in a release. "I began telling a bunch of my former Seneca teammates and they wanted to play too."

Sulzburger said that many former Irish players have expressed interest in the game with he and five others giving solid commitments for the day. Those players include Joey  Seally of the Class of 1992, Weed Roe (1994), Mike Davis (1997), Bud Sheedy (1997) and Mark Roe (1997).

Special rules are going to be in play on Saturday. There will be no kicking or punting and a shortened field will be used. A semi-pro refereeing crew will be surveying the event, ensuring that everything is played on the level.

The football game itself is being tagged as "The Battle of the I's" and it will take place at Williamson Field on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit local food pantries in both the Seneca and Pontiac areas.

"This is a great chance to say thanks to the community in which we live," Schade said. "When we were all back in high school, people used to come out of the woodwork to watch us."

No admission is going to be charged for the event, but volunteers are going to be at the event selling 50-50 tickets for fans interested in giving to the pantries. Tickets will be $2 apiece and $10 for an arm's length.

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