It’s Friday night in Liberty County, the stadium lights are on and a stream of people are pouring into Olvey Field. The atmosphere is amazing, and you can feel the excitement of the upcoming game. From August to December every year that excitement translates into high school football season. Like most areas in the south, Liberty County has a long-standing tradition and love for football. In the South football season is an almost religious experience, like nothing I have ever experienced before. The Friday night bright lights inspire and drive many during this time of year.

If you are wondering how long this tradition has been alive, the first high school football team in this region was started in the 1930s by Bradwell Institute. This historical Institute was established in 1871 and has had an established presence in Liberty County, ever since.

Several decades later in 1981, Liberty County High School opened its doors and added a second football team to the list. Today the county has a total of three teams. The Bradwell Tigers, the Liberty County High School Panthers, as well as the First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders. There are going to be emotional ups and downs throughout the upcoming season, as well as happy and likely sad tears spilled. But there is always unforgettable moments throughout.

If you ever happen to drive by Olvey Field during football season you can hear the marching band, the announcer and cheers from the crowds echoing through the neighborhoods. To me it’s an uplifting sound. It’s the sound of high spirits, energy, rivalry, friendship and youth but above all it is the sound of fun! As a southern transplant, football has never been a staple in my life before, nevertheless I find myself enjoying the Friday night lights and all that comes with it.

 

 

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Andrea Conyers Communications Assistant Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and CVB

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