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Off the Field – Apple Festival Bowl approaches (Sept. 30, 2015 issue)

The first ever Apple Festival Bowl went off without a hitch last year, and past Blue Devil football players are gearing up for round two this weekend.
In conjunction with Alumni Football USA, the 2nd annual Apple Festival Bowl will help usher in the conclusion of the 38th annual Apple Festival. Past Unicoi County High School gridiron stars will take on Happy Valley in a cross­county rivalry with the “Best of the Best” series the organization puts on across the country.
The Blue Devils and Warriors will meet at Gentry Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. with admission set for $10 and concessions will be sold at the event.
The inaugural bowl game saw fans come in droves as the Blue Devils took on David Crockett alumni. While David Crockett used their defense to pull away late with a 26­-22 decision, both teams came out as winners with funds from the contest being donated to each school. According to USA Football Alumni officials, the game last year netted Unicoi County High School between $2,500­ to $3000 as a fundraiser, along with raising money for David Crockett.“We’re looking forward to helping raise money for the (UCHS) football program,” Jarrod Hargrave, Alumni Football USA director, recently told The Erwin Record. “Coach (Glenn) White is looking to have a successful year with his team and we’re looking forward to helping the school any way we can.”
Alumni Football USA has raised over $170,000 for schools across the country this year and has eclipsed the $2 million mark for money raised during the 20-­plus years of existence. Fans should be welcomed to a fun night at Gentry Stadium. For more information, call 1­866­U-GET­HIT.
The Unicoi County Middle School football program deserves a tip of the cap this season. Under the direction of head coach Travis Griffith, the Jr. Blue Devils were able to make strides this season during a growing year.
UCMS team concluded the 2015 season after The Erwin Record’s press deadline but were able to show fans across the county that the ceiling is high moving forward for football at Gentry Stadium.
A team photo of the Jr. Blue Devils will appear in the upcoming edition of the paper.
UCHS student-­athletes Sam Murillo, Christian Leon and Jose Ortiz showed that soccer in the area will have bright skies ahead.
The trio were recently part of a FC Dallas TRI soccer club that qualified for a national showcase tournament after a trip to Raleigh, N.C.
The high school announced this summer that soccer will be reestablished at the high school following its previous stint at the school during the 1980s, according to officials.
With Bettina Chirica and the Lady Blue Devils currently going through their season, the Blue Devils will also get into action during spring 2016
Archery season is now open across the state. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced that bear and deer archery­ only hunting seasons opened on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Deer archery season lasts from Sept. 26 through Oct. 30 and picks back up from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6. Bear archery season is from Sept. 26 ­ – Oct. 23.
Visit online for more information on hunting across the state.
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