Get your game faces ready. Football season may be over, but you can come out and watch local heroes, The Hattiesburg Police Department and the Hattiesburg Fire Department, duke it out in a game of flag football, Saturday at the Southern Miss Stadium.
“I think it's going to be real good competiveness between us and the fire department; we're always back and forth with each other,” Lt. Jon Traxler of HPD said.
The police department seems to think they have this game in the bag, but the fire department thinks otherwise.
“The fire department is going to win just because we're better,” Brian Duncan of HFD said. “I mean, if you want to get right down to it, it's just going to boil down to using the talent that God gave us and putting them into play.”
The two departments are talking a lot of noise, but for good reason. There are bragging rights and a very nice trophy at stake but most importantly, they are raising money for a good cause.
“The purpose that we're out here playing the game is for Habitat for Humanity, which is something to give back to the community; the community, that's our job,” Traxler said. “We give back to the community whether we're doing a ball game like this we're actually out there serving day by day.”
It's not necessarily all bad talk. Behind all that bragging and banter are two groups supporting that community together with a lot of love.
“Really though, these guys are our brothers,” Duncan said. “We work together everyday side-by-side on lots of situations. This is just one of those ways we can come together, have a good time, enjoy each other's company, do something good for Habitat for Humanity,[and] do something good for the community.”
Tickets are $10 per person, and kids 8 and under enter free with an adult. The doors will open at 11am and the main event will begin at 1 o'clock. There will be a halftime show and hall of famer Ray Guy will be present.
Tickets are available for purchase now from the Hattiesburg Police Department, the Hattiesburg Fire Department, and any Habitat for Humanity employee; or you can buy them at the gate at USM.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity, click here.