The Cavaliers football team will be battling more than just the A.I. duPont High School Tigers during their Sept. 28 home game.
Middletown High School's top ranking football team will be play a Cancer Awareness Game at 7:45 p.m. that will benefit local cancer research and support.
Players won't be wearing their regular uniforms. Their names won't even be on the back of their jerseys next Friday.
The team will be wearing pink jerseys with the name of someone who has battled cancer emblazoned on the back of them.
Fans are paying $100 per jersey before hand to honor or salute a loved one who has battled cancer, said Appoquinimink School District spokeswoman Lilian Miles.
"That family member will be honored in a pre-game ceremony and will receive the jersey right off the back of his or her player at the conclusion of the game," she said.
Players will escort the survivor or family representative onto the field during a pre-game ceremony at 7 p.m.
"Beat the Beast" t-shirts will be on sale for $10 throughout the game and can also be purchased from members of the football team during school lunches.
All proceeds raised through the event will be used locally by non-profit organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer, Miles said.
"Most importantly, we want to help our students and fans put things in perspective and remember that some things are a lot more important than football," said head football coach and math teacher Mark Del Percio.