Nearly 70 alumni football players from this area donned pads and cleats for the inaugural alumni football game pitting the Hillsboro Hiltoppers against rival Greenville Comets.
The game was originally scheduled for September, but was postponed to Oct. 13 due to inclement weather. This year's event drew more than 1,200 presale tickets from both teams, and additional tickets were sold at the gate.
Organizing the event were Cody Loskot of Hillsboro and Charles Hahn of Greenville.
In a game full of action, the Toppers would come out on top 20-6. Most valuable player awards were given to the top offensive and defensive player on each team. For Hillsboro, the defensive MVP was Jeremy Connor, a 1996 graduate of Hillsboro High School. Brian Limbaugh, the kicker for the Topper team, was named the offensive MVP.
For Greenville, Kyle Washburn was named the offensive MVP and Gauge Garmon was named the defensive MVP.
"All of the players had a really great time," said Loskot. "Everyone wants to do a game next year. I think we're going to see if Nokomis is interested, and keep the money in Montgomery County."
Loskot said between the presale tickets and a raffle at the event, this year's alumni game raised over $4,000 for the Hiltopper football program, as well as the JFL program. In addition, he said the HHS Sports Boosters sold concessions as a fundraiser and the Hiltopper cheerleaders had a fundraiser as well.
"Overall, it was a pretty good crowd," Loskot said. "It was a great night."
Players for both teams ranged in age from 18 to 54, and not all were graduates of their respective schools, but had ties to the community.
On the roster for the Hiltoppers were Levi Lovell (2011), Alec Lewey (2016), Dillan Walker (2018), Troy Helton (1995), Dillon Civitate (2018), Ben Cunningham (1998), Gunner Lentz (2018), Cody Greenwood (2001), Caleb Jackson (2016), Trevor Lohman (2010), Brian Limbaugh (2005), Dustin Greenwood (2003), Tim Cyprian (2008), Jaimann Ellis (1998), Corbin Govaia (2008), Adam Sneed (2001), Jay Webster (2012), Reginald Evans (2003), Luke Tuetken (2000), Michael McSperritt (1999), Brandon Greenwood (1997), Bryan Tapley (1995), Cory McFarlane (1996), Matthew Jagosh (2015), Christopher Dagon (2008), Todd Kuhl (1996), Quinn Page (2011), Ryan Lipe (2003), Cody Loskot (2008), William Kenny (1997), Patrick McSperritt (2003), Taylor Blackburn (1999), Jeremy Connor (1996), Danny Osborn (1995) and Dillon Clark (2010).
On the roster for the Greenville Comets were Gauge Garmon (2012), Marion Neely (2008), Jacquel Hill (2012), Seth Moore (2017), Lukas Hamby (2014), James Varner (2006), Darrell Logue (2009), Brandon Washburn (2015), Stephen Lawrence (2002), Brandon Duncan (2013), Dustin Ruble (1997), Deandre Truss (2006), Kyrrann Oestreich (2009), Brian Hanke (1994), Duane Gaffner (1995), Johnathon Smith (2011), Stephen Schlaefer (2018), Carl Mathewson (1997), Camden Wall (2017), Chad Earnest (1996), Alex Wacker (2018), Jon Mendoza (1994), Jonathan Prater (2011), Nick Blackburn (2004), Charles Hahn (2008), Steve Gebke (1994), Frederick File (1981), Nicholas Wacker (2009), David Baum (1994), Chuck Voss (1989), Andrew Peper (1995), Kyle Washburn (2011) and Zach Gebke (2018).