This Sunday, Oct. 28, the Cops vs. Cadets flag football game will be played at the Hastings High School Football stadium with kick off at 1 p.m.
Hastings Police Chief Jeff Pratt said it would be a grudge match with some anger issues, probably because the police officers lost to the Hastings Police Cadets last year and would not reveal the results of any prior games.
Sgt. Kris Miller, who has a non-football related rotator cuff injury, won’t play this year, instead will be the officers Mark Dantonio on the sidelines. Pratt speculated they may have lost last year because Miller did not play up to par, but that’s not what Miller says.
For his part, Pratt, who says he probably should be on concussion protocol, will direct the kick off and then take on the huge responsibility of toting the water bucket. The cadets and cops enjoy a friendly rivalry over the game, with the cadets bringing it up several times during the year, Pratt said.
“Over and over and over, they bring it up…But, really, it is fun and we always invite any current or past cadet to play in the game. We’re all looking forward to it.”