High schools prepare for the return of Friday night lights

SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – High school football is finally back Friday night, with Touchdown Friday kicking off.

Football teams across the east have been preparing for months, but there’s a lot more that goes into Friday night lights than just the athletes.

At Greene Central High School Thursday, people were prepping like many schools across the East, with crews painting the field, and students in band and color guard practicing to make sure they’re ready.

Athletic Director David Bryant says this year is more challenging than most.

“Well school’s not in for one so it’s tough to make sure that everybody knows we have a game because it’s 2 week before school starts, our kids aren’t in school. So we have to get that on Twitter and on Facebook and make sure everybody knows. And we just want everybody to show up and show your support and it’s just nerve racking making sure everybody’s going to be here,” Bryant said.

Volunteers are essential to these games, from booster club members working concessions to ems on the field in case of injury to chain crews, clock operators and more.

Students in band and color guard have practiced every day for weeks. Ricquel Freeman is a cheerleader and in the band.  She’s one of many who has been working for months to get half-time ready.

“We have like a whole new band except like a few seniors. And so the freshmen and sophomores actually really have been working hard out here in the heat and learning how to march and do color guard moves for the show Friday and I feel confident that we’ll be ready for Friday,” Freeman said.

A man who lives nearby has cared for the famous Greene Central Rams all summer. Pat and Charlie will be ready to join the fans Friday night.

Click here for more information on Touchdown Friday.

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