Before GSU, LaTech face off on gridiron, they’ll team up to help 2 nonprofits

The two Lincoln Parish football squads will join forces on a community service project June 4
MedCamps of Louisiana provides free residential camping experiences for children who live with...
MedCamps of Louisiana provides free residential camping experiences for children who live with special needs. The nonprofit is one of two organizations that will benefit from a community service project June 4 involving the Grambling State and Louisiana Tech football teams. [Source: MedCamps of Louisiana]
Published: May. 17, 2019 at 8:10 AM CDT
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LINCOLN PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Only once have the Grambling State Tigers and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs met on the football field.

That will change come early September, when the teams square off for the first time in their home parish, Lincoln.

GSU will be looking to settle a 19-year-old score.

But three months before the two football squads again become gridiron foes, they’ll join forces to help MedCamps of Louisiana and the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.

The Tigers and Bulldogs together will engage in the community service project June 4.

“This is a great event for bringing the two communities together. And I am looking forward to these two programs gathering in the name of sportsmanship and community,” LaTech head coach Skip Holtz says in a statement announcing the project.

The next day, Holtz and Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs will host a kickoff luncheon at the Ruston Civic Center in Ruston.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the two charities.

“We are excited to share this opportunity with Louisiana Tech and the community in Lincoln Parish,” Fobbs says in the statement. “While we look forward to our football game on Sept. 7, we also wanted to share this outstanding community service engagement to help those at the Boys and Girls Club, as well as MedCamps.”

It was the evening of Sept. 4, 2010, when the two Lincoln Parish teams went head to head in the inaugural Port City Classic in Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.

LaTech bested Grambling State 20-6 in the season opener.

This time, the Tigers will have to travel but a mere handful of miles east for the meet-up in LaTech’s Joe Aillet Stadium.

Grambling State will be coming off a 6-5 season.

LaTech ended 2018 with an 8-5 record and beat the University of Hawaii, 31-14, in the Hawaii Bowl to become one of only two programs in the nation with five consecutive bowl wins.

Fobbs says he’s are anticipating a hard-fought, well-respected football game Sept. 7.

Tickets to the kickoff luncheon June 5 cost $40 per person, $250 for a table for eight people. They can be purchased by clicking here or by calling the Louisiana Tech ticket office at (318) 257-3631.

Tickets to the Sept. 7 game between Louisiana Tech and Grambling State will go on sale June 3.


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