Laredo, Texas - The Laredo Sector Border Patrol Brushdogs football team extended their winning streak on Sunday by grunting out a 22-14 victory over the Laredo Police Department Blue Wave.
While the Brushdogs put another trophy in the display case, two Laredo-area youth athletic programs put more than $17,000 in their coffers.
The game, billed as "The Clash of the Badges" could be described as an unofficial championship game between Laredo's law enforcement football teams. In June of last year, the Blue Wave defeated the Laredo Fire Department team in the annual "Guns 'N Hoses" charity game. In July, the Brushdogs routed the CBP Frontline Force in a charity game called the "Border Battle." Blue Wave and Brushdog team leaders agreed to hold the "Clash" to settle any question over bragging rights.
About 5,000 football fans turned out on a sunny and windy afternoon to see the off-duty agents and officers put their football skills to the test. The competition did not disappoint the fans. The score remained close for most of the game. But the Brushdogs, leading 16-14 in the fourth quarter, sealed the victory with a 74-yard touchdown run.
After the victory celebration subsided, Arturo Sandoval, a Field Operations Supervisor assigned to the Laredo South Station who helped organize the game and played quarterback for the Border Patrol team, put the game in perspective. "Both teams had a lot of fun. But our charities are actually the big winners," he said.
By selling tickets to the game, the Brushdogs raised about $11,000 for the Border Area Youth Football League. The money will be used to buy football equipment for youngsters who play in the full-contact league.
Through their ticket sales efforts, members of the Blue Wave raised about $6,000 for the Border Olympics. The organization puts on sports tournaments for high school and collegiate athletes.
"Laredo Sector maintains a strong connection with all of our local law enforcement partners. This game allowed us to engage in a friendly competition and provide an example of good sportsmanship and community service for the next generation of local athletes," said Laredo Sector Border Patrol Acting Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.