(Franklin) – A visit from sports anchor Ken Rodriguez and Fox 5 news Thursday morning helped add even more luster to an already highly anticipated season opening game today between long-time bitter rivals the Heard County Braves and the Callaway Cavaliers.
The High 5 Sports Caravan was “in the face” of both schools as part of the Atlanta news stations week-long journey around the state to visit various schools.
Ken Rodriguez of Fox-5 (L) pumps up the students at the Pep Rally.
The morning visit from Rodriguez and his gang shifted the traditional pregame Friday afternoon pep rally to Thursday morning and the school pulled out all the stops to organize the most energy-filled pep rally in school history.
The HHS gym was packed to the rafters with high school students as well as 10 lucky students from each of the other county schools who were invited as ambassadors of school spirit.
The Braves also welcomed another very special guest in the form of the Chick-Fil-A cow.
The Fox 5 crew arrived at the school entrance and were led to the big pep rally by the Marching Braves band. When the cameras rolled into the gym the roof nearly came off as all students were eager to show their spirit off to their visitors.
One of the top highlights of the program was a demonstration of strength by some of the top male and female athletes in Heard County who showed off for the cameras in the power clean.
Senior Special Olympic athlete and über popular student Buck Dunson nearly raised the roof off the gym with his power clean as the student body went crazy with excitement.
Other highlights of the big pep rally included the senior roller coaster demonstration and a talk about the big game from head coach Tim Barron. Barron told the students “The Heard County-Callaway rivalry will make a Christian woman say things she shouldn’t say.”
Heard High principal Rodney Kay was very pleased with the big show of spirit from his students. “It was the atmosphere that I thought we would have today,” stated Kay. “Our kids are great and the school spirit is fantastic and they lived up to the building — best pep rally I have seen in my six years here.”
The Chick-Fil-A cow was on hand compliments of the Carrollton Chick-Fil-A
Kay likes the Braves’ chances in the big game Friday night. “It is always a dog fight and always an entertaining game but I have to believe that we are going to find a way to win,” said Kay.
Just before visiting the Braves, Rodriguez and crew got a chance to visit Callaway High School as well and the Cav Nation was pumped up in anticipation of a chance to reclaim the coveted Pulpwood Classic Trophy.
Callaway Principal Lauren Wilson said that she expects a very high energy game on Friday night.
“We have been very excited about this week and opening up with Heard County. It is a great rivalry and I know both teams will be at the top of their game,” said Wilson.”Fox 5 has made it even that much more important by recognizing our talent in this part of the state.”
The second annual Pulpwood Classic kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Staples Stadium where a huge crowd is expected for one of the most highly anticipated games this week. Most other area schools open the season next week.