With fall fast approaching, there is no time to waste as the high school football season gets underway with the classic Airdrie Bowl match-up Sept. 6.
The first week back to school is an exciting one, made more so as Airdronians prepare to watch the Bert Church Chargers take on their city rivals, the George McDougall Mustangs, in the annual football game. As always, these tough challengers will battle it out on the field, and another epic battle is anticipated this year. The 2018 rendition saw the Mustangs take the win, but the Chargers are back and ready to take the 2019 title home.
Along with the battle on the field, a battle to feed Airdronians in need will be fought on the sideline. The Chargers football team and Bert Church Chargers Parent Booster Club will be collection donation for the Airdrie Food Bank at the event, for a second year in a row. The initiative had incredible support last year, not only providing food for local families, but allowing the football athletes to see the importance of the food bank and the work that is done there to support the community. In order to accommodate the food collected at this year's event, Airdrie Dodge will "Cram the Ram" by providing two Dodge Ram trucks to haul all those donations to the food bank.
To combine the food drive initiative with the football rivalry, the booster club decided to expand the drive with the Chargers inviting the Mustangs to a food drive challenge. The principals of each high school, Laurie Johnston (George McDougall) and Ryan Reed (Bert Church), have also joined in on the competition – the team who collects the most donations will enjoy having the opposing school’s principal wear their jersey for the day.
The Airdrie Bowl takes place Sept. 6 at Ed Eggerer Field. Opening ceremonies will be at 3:40 p.m. and kickoff is set for 4.