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Northumberland YMCA to kick off First Annual ‘Guns and Hoses Bowl’ September 6

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

The day before the first NFL Sunday of 2014, local residents can get their fill of football excitement with the first-ever Guns and Hoses Bowl hosted by the Northumberland Family YMCA!

The Northumberland and Richmond County sheriff’s offices will team up with Virginia State Police to square off against the Fairfields and Callao Volunteer Fire Departments in a game of flag football.

The inaugural event, organized and coordinated by Northumberland County Deputy and the Y’s parent advisory board member Caleb Smith, seeks to raise awareness for the YMCA’s upcoming flag football season; proceeds from the event will benefit the Y’s Guardian Program.

Opening time is 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 at the former Northumberland High School football field, with kickoff scheduled for 2:30.

The event will open with the national anthem and an invocation given by Pastor Peyton Waller, who is also Lieutenant with the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office.¬† The teams will be introduced and the players will be called by their number.

Onsite to deliver color commentary and play musical selections throughout the game will be Keith O’Bier. Newsome’s Restaurant and PB&J’s Shaved Ice will provide concessions. The halftime show will feature music from The Crew.

Coaching the “Guns” team are Sheriffs Douglas Bryant, of Richmond County, and C.A. Wilkins, of Northumberland County. Coaching the “Hoses” team are Phillip Keyser,fire¬† chief of Fairfields VFD, and David Woolard, fire chief of Callao VFD. The winning team of the game will earn the privilege of hoisting up the first annual bowl’s “Siren Cup.”

The YMCA’s Guardian Program looks to make the YMCA available to members in the community who might not be financially able to afford full membership to the Y, Jonathan Frith, Program Director of the Northumberland Family YMCA, said today.

Frith said the Guardian Program also helps children to attend camp and the afterschool program. The Guardian Program additionally helps community members in relation to youth and adult sports offered through the Y.

For more information on the Northumberland Family YMCA, visit their webpage at and/or the Facebook page at

Non-members interested in more information about the YMCA can visit their membership tent during the Bowl.