Poca vs. Buffalo Blackout

Poca vs. Buffalo Black Out
Posted on 10/14/2014
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Two years after the untimely deaths of Trooper Eric Workman and Corporal Marshal Bailey, Poca fans continue their tradition of honoring them along with other great service men and women and first responders at the Poca vs. Buffalo football game.

When Trooper Workman and Corporal Bailey were shot and killed in the line of duty on August 28, 2012 it was just days before the Poca vs. Buffalo football game. Poca High School felt they had lost one of their own since Bailey was a Poca graduate. In just a few short days, a Poca High Teacher, Rikki Lowe, received permission from the WVSSAC to wear black stickers on the Poca helmets in honor of the fallen. They also held a special ceremony honoring the troopers’ families.

Flash forward two years later and the tradition continues. Tonight both teams will participate in a “black out” at O.O. White Stadium. Poca and Buffalo fans will be wearing black and Poca’s football team will be sporting black socks. Kickoff is 7:30 and a brief ceremony will begin at 7:15 to honor the fallen. All military and first responders will also be asked to stand to receive recognition and thanks. Organizer Rikki Lowe says, “We thought our game against Buffalo happening so close to September 11th was a perfect time to recognize our fallen troopers as well as our military and first responders. Two years ago we were tragically reminded how quickly everything can change.”

Buckets will be placed by the ticket booths at game entrances for donations to the Corporal Marshal Bailey Scholarship Fund.” The fund was established two years ago and is given each year to an outstanding Poca High senior. Poca’s National Guard representative will also be handing out flags to those in attendance.

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