The “Battle of Chester” was an obvious choice for the Marine Corps sponsored Great American Rivalry Series, as these longtime rivals have been knocking helmets for over 29 years now. Over 7,000 fans packed the stadium to watch the two teams battle it out on the gridiron.
At the start of halftime, Robert Adam White from Thomas Dale was presented the Scholar Athlete Award, accompanied by his parents, Robert White and Louis and Mary Ruffin, along with his former coach.
The LC Bird Scholar Athlete Award was presented to Darrick Gore. He was escorted by his father, Robert Gore.
Ken played football for Thomas Dale from 1991-1994. He was a three-year starter at tailback and linebacker as well as team captain his senior year. He earned multiple All District, All Region, and All State awards. He was voted Virginia State Player of the Year his senior year, Gatorade’s National Player of the Year, and USA Parade Player of the Year. He scored the winning TD in 1992 to defeat Bird in the playoffs. Ken went on to Virginia Tech, where he played tailback for four years. He played two seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons before retiring. He now coaches in Atlanta and runs the Ken Oxendine Foundation, which helps local high school athletes in their pursuit to go to college.
Eric played in the rivalry four times, starting for three years at linebacker and tight end. Eric was selected first team All-District, All Region, All Metro and All State in 2004 and 2005. In addition, he was named Virginia State Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. He went on to earn a football scholarship to University of Richmond, where he is currently captain and pre-season All Conference. He was named CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year and played a key role in UR’s 2008 national championship.