Moore coach Paul Hix could feel the excitement Sunday night around Moore Stadium.
It’s why he wanted the Lions to have a Midnight Madness to kick off his first season as head coach.
“I can’t say what was here before, but I know since I’ve been here I feel like we’ve just re-energized a lot of people,” he said. “The administration, the community as a whole and certainly the players and the coaching staff. I’m excited to see it play out and see how it’s going to work for us.”
And it was quite the spectacle. Fans turned out to watch the team practice for 90 minutes. There were also three food trucks inside the stadium until midnight.
“It’s just trying to kick-start some excitement,” Hix said. “We don’t have a tremendous winning season last year to build off of, so we’re trying to fabricate our own excitement and our own energy. We talk a lot about trying to practice and so we just wanted to bring people out and have a buzz about what was going on tonight and maybe kick-start these guys for practice.”
Moore went 1-9 last season and has not made the playoffs since 2005 or finished with a winning record since 2004.
Hix replaced Todd Watters, who was let go following his second season with the Lions. Hix spent the past four seasons as Stillwater’s offensive coordinator.