Floyd Central High plays first game on new home field

The Jaguars file out of the locker room and onto the field for the first home game Friday. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Floyd Central High School Football team took to their new field for their first game time Friday eager to put it to the test.

County and state officials cut the ribbon to open the game and officially christen the field for play.

"I'm just so overwhelmed and so excited to be able to experience this with my son," Said parent and fan Kelly Coleman while tailgating in the school parking lot..

The athletic complex and school are both new. It’s the result of consolidating former rivals Allen Central and South Floyd High.

Everything included between the school and the athletic complex represents a 53 million dollar investment and four years of planning.

"We all knew what we had going into this.” Coleman said, “but the talent that has been shown on this field from these children, from these boys, it's amazing."

Head Coach Shawn Hager said his team had only known grass at home before this season, and the turf field has been a big step up.

"The first time they got on it it was like kids at Christmas time," Hager said.

He said it's time to show everyone else their potential.

"It's the first football season of the new school, a new era, and we're ready to get after it," Hager said.

The fans said they hope the facilities last because a field is more than just a field. It's memories, sweat and tears, and a place for the community to be proud of.

"Respect it,” Coleman said, “and take as much pride in it as those boys when they walk out on the field."

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