After 31 years, game day returns to Scottsburg High
The stands at Warrior Field are ready for the opening night fans. (Source: Jeff Knight, WAVE 3 News)
Kolbey Mount (Source: Jeff Knight, WAVE 3 News)
Zachary Hoard (Source: Jeff Knight, WAVE 3 News)
Paige Crites (Source: Jeff Knight, WAVE 3 News)
Brandon Boswell (Source: Jeff Knight, WAVE 3 News)
SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - After more than 30 years without a high school football team, the Scottsburg Warriors are set for their return to the gridiron. So many people are expected to turn out for the game, overflow parking lots have been designated near Scottsburg Middle School where the match up between the Warriors and Switzerland County will take place at 7 p.m.
Inside Scottsburg High, students chanted "S-H-S" during lunch, many eager to take part in the first football game of their academic careers.
"We don't even care that it's the JV team," said Brandon Boswell, 18, the pep club leader. "It's our first game; first time we've had football in 31 years. I mean, we are excited! We have a lot of energy that we're ready to show tonight."
That excitement proved to be contagious. Sophomore Paige Crites said it had been all anyone could talk about.
"Everyone's pumped up for it," said Crites. "It's crazy!"
In a town eager for some football, school leaders said they expected a huge turn out for the Warriors' return.
"We had 500 at the home opener in middle school just last week," said Dr. Marc Slaton, superintendent of Scott County District 2. "We're hoping for at least 1,500. I've had some people tell me we better be prepared to handle a few thousand."
A few thousand fans? Senior Warrior football player Zachary Hoard did not fear the anticipated crowd.
"You know, no pressure, no diamonds," said Hoard, a captain for the Friday night game.
"I don't want to give anything away. Just, don't want to get too cocky before it all starts," said Senior Warrior football player Kolbey Mount.
Confident, but humble. Those are just two characteristics on top of many techniques head football coach Kyle Mullins had been instilling in his Warriors since May.
"They want to be successful and they're starting to understand what it's going to take to be a championship football program," said Mullins. "That's been a fun progression to watch and be a part of."
With seating at the Scottsburg Middle School field limited, school leaders encouraged the public to bring their own chairs. The Friday festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a tailgate in the middle school parking lot. Gates to the field open at 6 p.m. Kickoff is at 7.
Those attending the game are encouraged to post pictures on social media using the hash tag #TDFN. Pictures posted with #TDFN will be featured in a slideshow on wave3.com this and every Friday throughout the season.
To learn more about Scottsburg's football program, click here.