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Gila Ridge football game to be kicked off by skydiver tandem

Jay Stokes skydiving with flag before 2018 game The Gila Ridge High School homecoming football game Friday night will include a pair of local skydivers delivering the game ball for the Hawks matchup against the Yuma Criminals.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., 10 minutes prior to kickoff, those in attendance can look to the sky and see Jay Stokes and David Randall skydive onto the field, accompanied by an American Flag and the game ball. It is the second year in a row that Stokes has participated in pregame festivities for Gila Ridge football.

Stokes and Randall are both expert jumpers, with Stokes holding five Guinness World Records and approximately 26,200 jumps to his name.

The homecoming matchup also features the undefeated Hawks, who are 4-0 to start the season and are hosting their first 4A Southwest Region game, against the Criminals (1-3) after last week’s victory over Kofa High School.

More information on Jay Stokes:

L. “Jay” Stokes currently resides in San Diego and is the former President for the United States Parachute Association. He spent 24 years in the U. S. Army Special Forces “Green Berets” and retired honorably as a Chief Warrant Officer Four. He holds five Guinness World Records for most parachute jumps in 24 hours, current record is 640 jumps in 24 hours; FAI World Record for largest night formation skydive, 64-way; and is a 2018 Inductee into the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame.

James Kuzniak