East Tenn. communities excited for high school football season

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) – As high school football kicks off, it is taking a lot of work to get the teams and fields ready for the season. Anticipation was building Friday for the first night of Campbell County High School football.

“I’m 36 years old, and since I’ve been walking I’ve been supporting,” said George Hooks, Store Manager at the IGA in LaFollette.

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When you walk in the store, it is easy to tell what teams they are rooting for.

“We just want to do whatever we can to help. We show up for the games for sure,” said Hooks.

It is all about the Cougars in this small community.

“We’ve always been proud of our team. We’ve not always been successful but it seems like the whole town is on fire right now,” said Hooks.

They are an up and coming team which made the playoffs the past two years, helping to build the excitement throughout town.

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“Unbelievable anticipation. We sold student tickets yesterday and today. Two hundred and thirty-three student tickets were sold. That’s a record here,” said CCHS Pep Club sponsor Josh Parker.

The stadium is filled with fans on Friday nights cheering on the boys in blue and orange, but in the months leading up to that first kickoff, it is all work.

“Scrimmages, all the stuff that leads up to this just adds to the anticipation, but the preparation is so key in all the phases of a season,” said head football coach Justin Price.

They put the finishing touches on their plays and also the field that hosts those Friday night hits by mowing the grass, painting the field and making sure the stadium is ready to hold those hundreds of fans.

“You got your field guys, you got your maintenance crew, and just so many people have a hand in high school football and those guys go under-appreciated every year and you can’t thank them enough,” said Price.

When the stadium lights come on and teams meet, there is only one thing left for them to do:

“Go Cougars!” said Hooks.

CCHS is also working on new press boxes at the top of their stands. They were putting the finishing touches on one of those Friday. The next one will likely be finished by next season.

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