Saturday's United Football Federation game between the local Bay Area Pirates and North Port's Florida Veterans will be getting some professional assistance.
Former Baltimore Ravens safety and Largo High graduate Marcus Paschal is scheduled to help with the ceremonial coin toss before the two West Division rivals get down to business between the lines. Paschal, who resides in Clearwater, played five seasons in the NFL and also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts.
This is the second meeting between the teams this year. Florida edged Bay Area 23-21 at Frank Ross Park in Port Charlotte during the season opener.
The Pirates (2-2) are coming off a dominating 43-0 victory over the Cape Coral Wolves last week and look to carry that momentum into Saturday night's important contest. Running backs James Andre, Armand Akiboh and Josh Rehkopf all scored touchdowns last week for Bay Area, which was playing without quarterback Brian Koesling. The starter is expected to return this Saturday.
The Veterans enter Saturday's game at 4-1 overall and atop the UFF's West Division standings. Quarterback Justin Midgett, who briefly played football at the University of Florida, leads the Veterans' potent attack.
Saturday's game begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $5 for ages 7 and up. Kids 6 and under get in free. For more information on the game or the Bay Area Pirates franchise, go to www.BayAreaPirates.org.