If you’d like to soak up some good old-fashioned high school football, come on down to Murphy High School on fall Friday nights about 7:30 p.m. Before you hop in the car, dress for the weather, because football games aren’t cancelled for rain, wind, snow, or cold.
When you arrive in Murphy, NC, head for the Murphy Bulldogs’ stadium – on Bulldog Drive, of course. Park the car (come early if you don’t want to park in the Lowes parking lot!), grab some refreshments at the concession stand, and stake out a spot in the roomy bleachers. You can even get some really good BBQ sandwiches or fried Oreos at the Band Booster Concession stand! Looking around, you’ll see how important football is to our community. On the playing field fences, notice colorful “Good Luck” banners sponsored by the team’s fans and local businesses. On the way to the stadium, you’ll even see The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX dog paw! The bleachers will also be packed with team members’ families, friends, and fellow students.
As the pre-game excitement builds to a fevered pitch, make sure your camera’s ready for action, because you’re likely to see some heart-pounding plays. Also, get ready for some real-life “Friday Night Lights” as the mega-watt floodlights kick on when the sun sinks behind the mountains.
Finally, it’s game time – and here come the Murphy Bulldogs, decked out in their black-and-gold uniforms. As they pour down the steps into the stadium, with legendary Coach David Gentry heading the ranks, the team’s cheerleaders crank up the crowd. The opposing team, generally from another regional high school, soon joins the Dogs for the coin toss.
Now, let the games begin. When the Bulldogs make an exciting play, or score a touchdown or field goal, watch the cheerleaders whip the fans into a frenzy (and I’m biased because my daughter is a Murphy Cheerleader!). During halftime, these energetic young ladies always put together an impressive routine.
Of course, maybe you’re lucky enough to attend the annual Murphy High School Homecoming Game, which falls on October 23 during the 2015 season. After the teams take their halftime break, the Murphy Homecoming Queen and her court literally stop traffic as they parade onto the field. Dressed in colorful ball gowns that would make Scarlett O’Hara jealous, these beautiful young ladies bask in the spotlight while cameras flash and videos roll away. Chances are, they’ll remember this moment for many years to come.
When the teams gear up for the second half, the chilly air certainly doesn’t affect the crowd’s enthusiasm. They whoop and whistle for the great plays, and moan and groan when Murphy misses the mark. Of course, the Murphy, NC hometown crowd wants their team to win. But either way, you’ll experience and enjoy some memorable Friday Night Lights – just be sure to do it in black and gold, of course 😉
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