The spirit of football brings together the players, coaches, and fans. They become unified with the goal of representing the community the best they can through the game. The players are approached by fans in businesses, after the game, while eating in a restaurant, at church, family reunions, and the list goes on and on. Fans want to discuss the game and get to know the players, bringing them closer as a “family”.
Football players feel the pride and all the “hype” from fans and fellow students, but do not realize until later how the game helped them grow. Football builds character, teaches the kids how to be a part of a team, builds lifetime friendships, and creates a sense of belonging. Most importantly, it gives players the drive to do well in the classroom and keeps them busy.
Head football Coach Kelly Williamson and Assistant Athletic Director Tre Britt have been busy visiting middle schools and local community organizations to help create a stronger bond between community and the Pirate football program. Coach Williamson and Britt share the goals of the football program for the upcoming season and what is expected of the players, with grades and character being at the top of the list.
We are looking forward to a great year with Pirate football being the topic of conversation at all breakfast and lunch gatherings around town. Hope to see you at the games. The schedule is posted and season pass information will be posted soon.
Friday night Pirate football is:
Pirate graduates returning to coach at the school they love
The sound (and show) of the marching band
Cheerleaders who wear their uniform with pride
Pregame meals (provided by local churches for Varsity along with devotion)
Former players who show up at every game
Businesses and Middle Schools showing extra support during Homecoming week
Lifetime love for the game (display at a 1969 Pirate graduate’s service)