On a recent beautiful Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium, the first Truce for the Troops game was held. Members of Louisiana's State Senate and House of Representatives played a flag football game of Democrats vs. Republicans in LSU uniforms. Hundreds of spectators came to Tiger Stadium to witness the athletic prowess of our political leaders who successfully raised $16,150 for Operation Homefront of Louisiana.
The LSU ROTC Cadets performed honor guard duties and the Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard Major General Glenn H. Curtis flipped the coin. The LSU white jersey Democrats coached by ex-LSU football star Corey Webster struck first with a long bomb and 7-0 lead but the Republicans countered to tie the score at 7-7 at halftime. Republican quarterback Norby Chavez threw three interceptions to hinder the Republican team's offense.
Republican team coach Randall Gay implemented a running strategy in the second half as the purple jersey Republican team held on to a 21-20 lead with only three minutes remaining in the game. 70-year-old Republican representative Steve Carter made a heroic interception to keep Republicans ahead as the Democrats were advancing down field. Republican QB Stuart Bishop then threw an interception that gave the Democrats another chance. Democrat QB Neil Abramson, who played QB at Dartmouth in college, had been connecting on long passes all day and was ready for another chance to throw the long pass. With little time on the game clock, Neil Abramson led the Democrats the length of the field in four short plays to win the game 28-21.
Both teams sustained injuries as Democrat Ted James and Republican John Schroder are both having surgeries today for torn Achilles tendons. Democrat Truck Gisclair did an outstanding job announcing the play by play of the game and all spectators moved to the Stadium Club after the game for a delicious post-game buffet.
The game's real winner was Operation Homefront of Louisiana which was presented a check for $16,150 from the proceeds of the successful fundraising event.
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