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Former rivals unite to play football and raise awareness about missing person

Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:46:23 AM EST   Updated On: Oct 11 2013 01:45:25 PM EDT

Athletes who graduated from EC Glass and Heritage High Schools are playing an alumni flag football game this weekend.


Graduates of two Lynchburg high schools are coming together to reminisce and raise awareness about a missing person.

Athletes who graduated from E.C. Glass and Heritage high schools will play an alumni flag football game this weekend.

The event is being organized by Tim Moss and B.B. Shavers, former rivals who played for Heritage and Glass in the 80's.

Shavers now runs an organization called the SHOPO foundation for youth, which seeks to encourage children and teens in Central Virginia.  He hopes Saturday's game will show students that rivals can put aside differences, while remaining strong competitors.

"A lot of people think it's just going to be a bunch of old men running around with the ball, but they're going to be very surprised," said Shavers.

"We played against each other back in high school, but we were always friends," said Moss.  "Sharing those memories are the great things that I hope these guys will get out of the game."

The game will draw attention to the Alexis Murphy case.  The Nelson County teen disappeared exactly two months ago Thursday

Murphy's family will attend and speak at Saturday's event.  It's at 4 p.m. on the practice field at E.C. Glass High School.