[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Montgomery Biscuits bring the state's greatest rivalry back to Riverwalk Stadium as they host the sixth annual Auburn vs. Alabama Night presented by WLWI and 95.1 the Fox during their game against the Mississippi Braves on Saturday, August 15th.
Former Auburn wide receiver Frank Sanders and Alabama cornerback Antonio Langham will serve as honorary school captains as the two universities compete in the newly created WSFA 12 AU/UA Fan Faceoff, which is a challenge between the two schools to determine who can pack the stands with more support for their school. All fans are encouraged to show their support by wearing as much of their respective school's colors as possible.
"Both schools have such distinct and storied home field advantages," said Biscuits' General Manager Greg Rauch. "It is going to be incredible to see which great university is able to recreate that advantage in the state's capital on the verge of kicking off the 2009 season."
In addition to the WSFA 12 Fan Face Off, the schools will also be competing in a series of on-field contests throughout the course of the ballgame, designed to stir the competitive spirit of the rivalry. In accordance with football scoring, each on-field contest won will result in six points for the victorious school. They will then have the chance to try the extra point, or go for two with a tougher challenge worth two points. A running total of points will be held throughout the game, with the school with the most points at the end of the game awarded as the winner.
Sanders, who will serve as the honorary captain for Auburn University, starred at Auburn as a wide receiver in the early '90s. He went on to be drafted in the second round of the 1995 National Football League draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He played nine seasons in the NFL, including leading the Cardinals to the 1998 playoffs by leading the league in receptions with 89 and accounting for 1,145 receiving yards. He also spent one season with the Baltimore Ravens.
"I can't wait to see all the Tiger faithful transform Riverwalk Stadium," said Sanders. "I'm going to be so excited when War Eagle is the only thing you can hear at the ballpark, that I might wind up playing a few innings for the Biscuits."
Langham, who will serve as the honorary captain for the Crimson Tide, starred as a cornerback at Alabama in the early '90s, including helping the Tide to an undefeated (13-0) season and the last of their 12 national championships in 1992. He was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 1994 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. He went on to play seven professional seasons for the Browns, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots.
I always welcome the opportunity show Auburn fans how to roll with the Tide," said Langham. "I need the whole place decked out in Crimson and White. I want all the Auburn fans to feel like their walking into Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch another Tide victory."
The night will conclude in fitting fashion, as MAX, Your Community Credit Union, presents a Fireworks Spectacular following the ballgame.
Tickets for the sixth annual Auburn vs. Alabama Night are available by logging on to BiscuitsBaseball.com, visiting the Biscuits Box Office at Riverwalk Stadium or calling the Biscuits at (334) 323-2255.