Oak Grove Mayor Adam Holland and Sterlington Mayor Vern Breland, once college classmates at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, now plan to face off on the gridiron.
Actually, it’s the two mayors’ respective high school teams that play each other Thursday night at Tiger Field in Oak Grove in a game that will determine the District 2-2A title.
But Holland and Breland will have a stake in the game in addition to town pride.
They’ve made a bet, much like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad when LSU played Iowa in the 2014 Outback Bowl, where Jindal put up 100 pounds of Louisiana seafood and Branstad offered 100 pounds of Iowa pork. LSU won 21-14.
Holland has put up a night at the movies at the Fiske Theater, which he operates, while Breland has offered a catfish dinner at Sterlington’s Fish House restaurant.
“I have known Mayor Breland since college, when we both had Dr. Gordan Harvey for U.S. history,” Holland said. “It’s always great to mix a little fun into the day-to-day operations of the town, and when it was mentioned I had to take him up on this little wager.
“High school athletics have always been a source of community pride for both of our communities, and I look forward to having a great fish plate on Vern’s tab on my next trip to the Monroe metroplex.”
“I played for Sterlington and against Oak Grove (from) 1977-79, and I know I can count on our Sterlington team when the chips are down,” Breland said. “A little good-spirited wager makes it all the more fun, and Melissa and I are looking forward to having Adam treat us to a movie with lots of popcorn and candy from the concession stand.”
Oak Grove and Sterlington have played almost yearly since 1975 with Oak Grove leading the series 21-10.
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