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Rivalry supports Relay

Antonio Diggs of the Suffolk Police Department evades a tackle attempt by Steven Speight of the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue during a flag football game in 2013.

Antonio Diggs of the Suffolk Police Department evades a tackle attempt by Steven Speight of the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue during a flag football game in 2013.

Suffolk Fire Chief Cedric Scott has thrown down the gauntlet in the annual police versus fire flag football game.

“We are excited about the game and are looking forward to defeating the police department for a good cause,” Scott said this week.

But when the two public safety departments face off this Saturday at King’s Fork High School, there will be more on the line than just bragging rights.

The good-natured competition will raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraiser.

“Our employees look forward to this game each year,” Police Chief Thomas Bennett said. “It gives an opportunity for all of us to raise money for a very worthy cause. This game provides another venue for the police and fire teams to work together to benefit our community.”

This is the fifth annual game between the two departments, and it features a format change.

Previous games have been held during the day at Peanut Park, but this rendition will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at King’s Fork High School, 351 Kings Fork Road.

Entry donations will support Relay for Life.

Contact Amanda Morean at 514-7908 or amorean@suffolkva.us for more information.