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Players got the touch

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

They got the touch.


Prior to Saturday's Turkey Bowl, which saw Fellowes High School host Mackenzie Community School for their traditional Thanksgiving football duel, the Friends of Fellowes Football put on their annual touch football tournament.

The Turkey Bowl Touch Football Tournament has been a major part of the Turkey Bowl festivities since the Pembroke high school returned to football after a decades-long hiatus. This year, five teams played to help bring in an estimated $650.

First organized by Jamie Bramburger and former Fellowes teacher and retired football coach Harley McDowell, the tournament serves as a means of raising funds to help the football program at Fellowes. Football is an expensive sport for high schools so the proceeds will help pay to replace helmets, shoulder pads, uniforms and other equipment.

Bramburger said over the last five years, the touch football tournament has raised $5,000 for the Fellowes football program.

“It is important to keep high school football in Pembroke,” he said, noting proceeds from this tournament help to do it.

The tournament also has a lot of participation from Fellowes football alumni, and despite the rain which fell early on, remains a lot of fun to do. It has become as much of the holiday tradition as the main game itself.

At the end of the round robin, The Tanks faced the Whispering Islanders in the final. Both teams led the standings with two wins apiece.

The Tanks had defeated the Misfits 12-7 and blanked the Angry Pigs 18-0. The Whispering Islanders defeated the Angry Pigs 3-0 in overtime, and shut out the Wheelers 6-0.

Rounding out the round robin, The Wheelers downed the Misfits 9-6, also in overtime.

The Tanks would win the championship with a 14-6 victory. 

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