Madison County, New Hope alumni suit up for charity football game on Aug. 8

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Former New Hope High  and Madison County High football players are helping to raise funds for their schools and putting their bodies on the line in the process.

They will don their old uniforms for Saturday's Alumni Charity Football Game, which serves as a fundraiser for the two high school football teams.

"This is just another way of creating a fundraiser and allowing the guys that have participated in both programs through the years to come back and give something back," said New Hope Alumni Head Coach Larry Durham.

Last year, the first-time event raised roughly $18,000, which was split equally between the two programs. Don't let this goodwill fool you, though. While they haven't met on the gridiron since 2007, these two teams are the oldest rivals in Madison County.

"The regions have changed and all that, but the rivalry is still there," said Durham.

New Hope hosted the inaugural alumni game, so Madison County will be the site of this year's match-up and the Tigers take that home field advantage seriously.

"We're just closer to the hospital," joked Madison County Alumni Head Coach Michael Forehand.

He roamed the sidelines as the Tigers head coach from 1976-1982.

"It's just something that it's nice to walk back through a time tunnel and then when you stand out there for a couple hours and can't walk after practice, you realize why you quit," he said.

The Old School Alumni Football Game will take place Saturday, August 8 at the Madison County High School Stadium. It kicks off at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $10, either at each high school or at the gate. Madison County first responders will also be honored during the event.

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