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Devotionals and biscuits

By Michael Butler

Gamedays on Fridays have a routine. Most are aware of the pregame warmups, the pep rallys and such.

Breakfast is called "the most important meal of the day." It very likely applies for Tallassee football players. 

"Coach (Mike) Battles asked if churches can feed the team on Friday mornings," team chaplain and First United Methodist Church pastor Dric Williford said. "We give them a word and encourage them before the game."

Williford is in his second season as chaplain. FUMC and other churches will provide the meals and meeting place for fellowship this season.

Herbie Mason (left), Williford and Don Bryant served breakfast last Friday at First United Methodist Church

"I still do the Wednesday devotionals right after practice," said Williford, who played some football in his day for the Slocomb Red Tops. "Playing ball, you always like that encouragement from the minister, to be the best that you could be. It's a team sport, and you watch out for each other."

Williford makes all the Friday games, even road games.

"I walk up and down the sidelines," he said. "In the devotionals, I try to help them be better men and know God."

The first breakfast was organized by Herbie Mason of the FUMC Men's Ministry before the last week's season opener. Mason whipped up sausage biscuits. Next week, the team will be served by First Baptist Church.


"Our football team shows up at 7:00," Battles said. "They have a little breakfast and devotional time, a little time away from the grind. It's something that our teams have done in the past and a lot of other things do. I thought it would be a good thing.

"I got with Dric this summer and he reached out to some other churches. We want to hit every church. It's not as much about the breakfast as getting the guys together and having a little time away from the everyday stuff."

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