Boone County Grid Classic this Friday
by FRED PACE
WEST MADISON – It has been a very long time since Boone County has had an all-star high school football classic that featured all three county teams playing each other on the same night.
“This is going to be a great event for the county,” said Scott High School football head coach Shane Griffith. “This is the only opportunity for Boone County fans to see the three county teams in action against each other in a scrimmage.”
The 2012 Boone County Grid Classic is this Friday, Aug. 17, at Scott High School football field. Gates open at 5 p.m., said organizer Rob Nelson.
The classic will feature the Scott Skyhawks, the Sherman Tide and the Van Bulldogs varsity football teams.
“We are billing this night as ‘One night, One team, One Community!’” Nelson said. “Friday night football is not just a football game, it is a big community event. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and friends to meet and celebrate our sons and daughters as they perform at their best.”
The event will also feature all of the high school bands, cheerleading squads, junior high and middle school teams, midget league teams and majorette squads will all be on the field for opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., Nelson said.
“We are going to have inflatable for the kids and there will also be a punt, pass and kick competition semi-finals and finals during the Grid Classic,” Nelson said. “The winner in each division will receive a trophy.”
“I think it’s a good thing for the county to be able to see all three county teams in action on the same night,” said Van High School football head coach Stephen Price. “They have had some grid-o-rama-type scrimmages in the past, but nothing like this that only features the Boone County football teams only.”
“This is great for the county,” said Sherman High School football head coach Shann Elkins. “Everyone will get to see all the teams from high school, to middle school to midget leagues, as well as the bands and the cheering squads. This is going to be a great event for our community.”
Admission is $7 for students (K-12) and adults. Admission is free for all Madison Middle, Sherman Jr., Van Jr. and Boone County midget league football players, cheerleaders and majorettes in uniform, Nelson said.
“The middle school, junior high and midget football players need to wear their jersey only,” Nelson said.
Funds raised from the classic go directly to the three county high schools, Nelson added.
“We are anticipating a big crow and encourage everyone to attend,” Nelson said.
The Boone County Grid Classic will also be broadcast live on the radio on WZAC-92.5 FM with Joe Linville and Doug Kennedy.
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