That was pretty much the collective experience for the contestants in Lucky’s Burger and Brew second burger eating challenge last Saturday.
Two brave males from each of four high school football teams — Roswell, Milton, Kings Ridge and Centennial — sat down to split a Grim Reaper burger.
It is a wicked combination of four pounds of meat, 10 slices of American cheese, 12 slices of bacon, seven fried eggs and a mound of onion rings, all on a bun.
The team who could finish or just eat the most of it in an hour would win. Oh yes, they had to be able to hold it down for five minutes after they finished.
It was fascinating to watch, in a stomach-churning sort of way.
When time was called, the Kings Ridge duo of senior Will Reagan and Coach Jordan Price were declared victors, based on how much they managed to pack away.
Vincent Calhoun, a left tackle for Centennial, was named the individual winner. He ate everything on his plate, even after partaking of a breakfast seven hours earlier of eight pancakes, four eggs and four sausages.
Coach Price said he originally hadn’t come to Lucky’s to participate, but his head coach, Jeff Pickren, “tricked me into it.”
Reagan, who admitted to feeling “pretty bad” after his bout with the Grim Reaper, said he doesn’t like fried eggs. His strategy to get them down was to tear the eggs into little bits and mix them with the meat.
Each of the participating schools took home a $500 donation from Lucky’s.
I.J. Rosenberg and his wife Beth Ann were there to cheer on Centennial.
“I think it’s great to get the schools together like this,” she said. “We all have a friendly rivalry.”