Kevin Foster and the Travelers, led by former Bridge Creek football player Kevin Foster, will headline an outdoor concert called Red Dirt for Big Blue to benefit the Bridge Creek football team as it works to overcome the vandalism inflicted on its football fieldhouse earlier this month.
The concert will be held Saturday at Bridge Creek High School. Fans can arrive at 5 p.m. and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Admission is $10, and children under 12 are admitted free.
The concert will also include the Nathan Burris Band, along with an acoustic guest. Nathan Burris is originally from Tuttle. The event will have food and children’s activities. No tobacco or alcohol will be allowed.
More than $50,000 in damage was done to the Bridge Creek football facility, weight room, coaches’ offices and locker room, and the majority of their equipment was destroyed the week before practice opened on Aug. 11.
HENNESSEY’S JOHNS HAS ADDED SIZE SINCE LAST SEASON
Hennessey running back Tabor Johns burst onto the scene last season after injuries forced him to move from receiver.
After a full spring and summer spent focusing on the position, the junior has added around 15 pounds to his frame, according to coach Rick Luetjen.
“We’re real excited about the possibilities that he brings to the table,” Luetjen said. “We’re always a run-first mentality, and we like a kid like him that can get downhill. With that added weight we’re excited to see him as an even stronger runner. He gained a lot of great experience in the way he came on and played last year.”
Johns took over at running back last season after starter William Arndt suffered a season-ending injury in Week 6. Johns started the final seven games and racked up 1,147 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground as the Eagles made it to the Class 2A quarterfinals.
Luetjen is encouraging his team to set goals for their season, and he has been pleased with the response.
“One thing I also forced them to do this spring was to sit down and come up with five goals that were things that would help motivate them throughout the season, because 15 games is a long season,” the coach said. “We felt like there were some things that needed to be accomplished along the way and they came up with some good ones.”
NUMBERS UP AT NORTHEAST
New coach Carlos Williams has been working hard to get Northeast's top athletes to come play football, something that has been a challenge for the last few Vikings coaches.
Northeast has 34 kids who have reported for football at the start of the season, almost doubling last year’s total of 18 at the end of the season.
It still is to be proven if the increase in numbers will translate to success on the field. The Vikings will be young with mostly sophomores and juniors on the roster.
But one senior, 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman Jervaris Hollingsworth, has really impressed Williams.
“He is a stud,” Williams said. “He is a very good football player. I expect him to get some Division I or Division II offers.”