Army and Air Force begin holiday flag football tradition
As the NFL approaches its final weekend of the regular season and college football is in full bowl-mode, a group of JBER football players have gotten in on the fun.
Enter the first Army-Air Force holiday flag football game, a battle staged Friday at The Dome in Anchorage.
With his service in Alaska running down, Army Spc. Rico Reedy and a group of his friends decided to make their mark.
"We all leave next year, so we thought we should leave a legacy here," he said.
Season football games are nothing new for Alaskan military members. Another group already plays the annual Turkey Bowl flag game before Thanksgiving.
Now it's time for another tradition and an opportunity for more bragging rights. This game was competitive, but good-natured.
"Just a friendly competition during the holidays," Reedy said.
Nationally, the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy is awarded yearly among the winner of Army, Navy and Air Force. The Black Knights of West Point took it home in 2018.
In Alaska, the response to play was strong. So much so, they ended up sending people away.
"We had a practice and if you came to the practice you made the team," Reedy said.
He hopes to expand the rosters next year.
In the end, this year's contest went to Army 27-19.
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