Second D.A.R.E. bowl hype heating up

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Broncos football is a passion for many people in Northwest Colorado, but one football game puts even the Denver vs. Kansas City rivalry to shame.

Moffat County law enforcement agencies will face off against Routt County law enforcement agencies in the Second Annual D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Bowl at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at Steamboat Springs High School.

The agencies will play a football game to raise money for the D.A.R.E. program. While it is considered a flag football game things tend to get pretty rough when the two teams meet. Last year, the contest was in Craig and while Moffat County law enforcement lost the game on the gridiron, they won for the kids in the D.A.R.E. program by raising more than $600.

This year officers are expecting a different story on the football field.

"Things are really coming together," said K.C. Hume, detective for Moffat County Sheriff's Department. "Our first practice went well and we're looking sharp this year."

The game also helps Moffat County law enforcement agencies work with the Routt County law enforcement agencies once they get off the field. Elise Anders, Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy and D.A.R.E. officer for Routt County, believes the game helps the relationship between county law enforcement and is entertaining for spectators.

"It helps us to build camaraderie between the law enforcement agencies and it is a good community event," said Anders. "Plus, people like to see cops beating up cops."

While camaraderie may be part of the benefits from the game there is some brash talk coming from the Routt County camp.

"I'm confident that we are going to beat them," said Anders. "Just look at the score from last year. That team is just a bunch of old men, they might have some women that can play, but the rest of the team is too old."

In response to the allegations the Moffat County team, is old and washed up, Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg said, "I think that age and experience will overcome youth and stupidity."

Amid allegations from the Routt County team of Moffat County planning to use flash bangs to help defend their end zone and putting pepper spray on their hands to put in their opponents' faces, Hoberg would not deny the allegations, saying he could not divulge any information about their tactics or strategy.

Anders said that any use of these tactics would be responded to by the Routt County team with paint guns.

Hoberg's only response was "They shouldn't bring paint guns to a gun fight, they couldn't hit anything with them anyway. As far as that Anders is concerned, she couldn't knock somebody down even with the help of her cruiser. Most of that team should be playing the piano, not football."

There will be a live auction during halftime with items that include two Denver Broncos skybox (penthouse suites) tickets for the Seattle Seahawks game, a 20/20 ski pass for Mt. Warner, a family ski pass for Howelsen hill and other items. There will also be some drawings for prizes for both adults and kids.

Admission for a family is $5, adults attending alone will pay $3 and students will pay $2.

Anyone who enjoys seeing "cops beating up cops" and wants to help the D.A.R.E. program should visit the frozen tundra of Steamboat Springs High School football field.

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