MARSHALL, Il (WTWO/WAWV) — One football program’s newest tradition kicked off a successful third year of fundraising on Friday.
The Marshall Quarterback Club hosted it’s third annual alumni game, welcoming members from all classes to participate in flag football. All proceeds collected go towards the Marshall High School football team.
“Last year we were cancelled due to COVID-19 so it’s good to be back,” Quarterback Club member Denise Hoggatt said. “This idea came about at a Quarterback Club meeting and it’s done really well every year since. The community loves it.”
These teams feature siblings facing off or even father versus son. Players ranged from the class of 2021 back to the class of 1977.
“We have a really good past here at Marshall High School football program, we love to honor all the players that have come and gone,” Hoggatt said. “It’s a great turnout, everybody loves to do it.”
But Friday’s game had some extra special significance as players rallied around one of the community’s own.
Former Marshall great Troy Johnson recently had his grandson diagnosed with Pediatric Leukemia. Donations were being accepted to help cover expenses.
“It means a lot, that’s all I can really say,” Coach Johnson tearfully said when he found out.
Johnson said though he no longer coaches at Marshall, he is always appreciative for the continued support.
“I grew up here, coached here, played here,” he said. “A lot of friends here, it means a lot. I still live here, but I found out there’s good people everywhere. I’ve been to some other places, there’s good people there too. There’s no place like home.”
He added his grandson has undergone several tests recently and that they recently received good news.