September 18, 2014

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N. Olmsted police, firefighters face off on gridiron

NORTH OLMSTED — The city’s fire department has a little score to settle on the football field. Last year, the department suffered a defeat to the city’s police department during a charity flag football game that raised $7,000 for the Lorain County chapter of Special Olympics. “We whipped their butts,” said police Sgt. Dave Huspaska. “We’re thinking about playing with only nine guys instead of 11 to give them a chance.”

In the professional realm, that is a verbal smackdown.

Although Huspaska cannot remember the score, he said it was a good two or three touchdown lead over the firefighters. 

So on Sept. 13, the two departments will host a rematch beginning at 7 p.m. at the North Olmsted High School varsity football field.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students and kids.

“It’s a great cause,” Huspaska said. “The kids are so happy and exited. They get to come out onto the field during half time.”

The departments also will raise money for Special Olympics by offering $50 yard line advertising and $100 end zone advertising for businesses that want to attract new customers and support a good cause.

“We are also taking donations and having a raffle during halftime,” Huspaska said.

A $5 ticket can win a football autographed by Cleveland Browns player Travis Wilson, restaurant gift certificates or T-shirts.

Anyone interested in advertising can call Detective Ken Vagase at (440) 777-3535.

Contact Ben Norris at 329-7155 or bnorris@chroniclet.com.