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Big Sandy or not, food drive returns

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, August 25, 2018
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FOOD DRIVE – Bridgeport football coach Shannon Wilson and Boyd football coach Brandon Hopkins stand with some of the food drive donations collected at the Bridgeport-Boyd scrimmage Thursday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

While the Battle of Big Sandy isn’t happening this year, the charitable spirit between two Wise County schools returned at the Bridgeport-Boyd scrimmage Thursday night.

Bridgeport and Boyd fans presented canned food and cash donations as admission to the scrimmage, keeping the annual food drive that usually takes place during the Bridgeport-Decatur game alive.

The final tally after the scrimmage wrapped up was two trailers full of canned food and $300 in cash, all to be donated to the Wise Area Relief Mission.

W.A.R.M. is the largest food pantry in Wise County, Texas, providing food assistance and other services to all Wise County residents in need.

Bridgeport principal Jaime Sturdivant collected cans at the gates of Bull Memorial Stadium.

Sturdivant said it was a good turnout, considering the food drive was held during a scrimmage instead of a rivalry game.

“People have been very generous. We didn’t know what to expect because this is the first time, but we got a lot of cans and a lot of people have been giving cash donations,” Sturdivant said.

She said the food drive is a big service to Wise County.

“You do it for the community, this is a good way to give back,” she said.

After the Decatur-Bridgeport game was left off the schedule, Sturdivant said the food drive was one of the main concerns for the community and coaching staff.

Bridgeport athletic director Shannon Wilson coordinated with Boyd athletic director Brandon Hopkins to start a food drive at the scrimmage this year.

Wilson said he was happy Boyd and his school stepped up, and expects to make the new food drive between the schools a tradition in the future.

“Next year we’ll go over there and we hope to keep doing it,” Wilson said. “I’m glad we were able to help and I’m appreciative of Boyd for helping out a good charity in W.A.R.M.”

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