It came to my attention recently what a big part high school football plays in Peabody. Three months out of the year, the town’s residents are consumed with football fever. Not only is our winning record painted on the windows of Main Street businesses, there are other things that go –hand-in-hand with America’s favorite pastime in a small community.
Peabody-Burns hosted the season opener Sept. 5 against Ell-Saline. The scoreboard did not show the Warriors on top, but it was a reminder of several things of which I am proud to be a part. The stands were filled with familiar faces, tons of smiles, and loud cheers. Several times I overheard people catching up with old friends. For myself, it was great to see some of the graduates who have gone off to college back to support their team. I realize they have not been gone for too long but I still miss the heck out of them.
At one point slightly in the second quarter I saw several proud fathers along the north wall with a special sparkle in their eyes, cheering on their sons. Despite the weather, it was good to see all the fans, wrapped in blankets, hot cocoa held between their freezing hands rooting for the Warriors. I was so proud!
I think it’s great that so many of the town’s people care enough about our own 2A football team to come out to the games. Thank you to those who attended.
Do not put the cheerleaders, marching band, cross country team, and already successful volleyball team on the back burner this fall. They always work hard to make their programs successful, too.
If you weren’t part of the excitement at the last football game, follow those Friday night lights down to the field this Friday. It’s homecoming. I can’t wait to see you there. Dress warm … it is football season.