Mountaineer Midnight Madness celebrates new season for Heritage

Zack Whaley, Josh Arnold, R.T. Byrd, Tyler Coppenger and David Pickens, all part of the Mountaineer football team, show off their muscles at the Midnight Madness.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Zack Whaley, Josh Arnold, R.T. Byrd, Tyler Coppenger and David Pickens, all part of the Mountaineer football team, show off their muscles at the Midnight Madness.

Fans flocked to Heritage High School Sunday to support the Mountaineer football team.

The Mountaineer Midnight Madness Festival started at 1 p.m. and wrapped up shortly after the football team took the field at midnight to be the first team in the state to practice in pads.

The all-day event was a fundraiser for the football booster club and group president Angie Whaley was happy with the turnout. “The crowd picked up later in the evening. We started at 1 p.m., and the crowd got pretty big after dark,” she said.

Whaley said the crowd was mostly high school students with quite a few middle school students. “The last two bands played at 10 and 11 p.m. and we started filling up the stands with people getting ready for midnight madness,” she said.

Whaley said a final total wasn’t in yet but preliminary estimates were at better than $4,000.

“We’re pretty sure we’re going to be able to purchase the things we set out to purchase,” Whaley said, “so that is good.”

This is the first year the booster club has hosted a festival to coinside with the midnight practice session for the Mountaineer team.

“I think next year it will get even better. We’re already working on next year.”

Whaley said the players appreciated the turnout. “I think that it really raised their self-confidence, knowing all these people came to support them,” she said. “Their attitude is really great. All the people were out here supporting them and showing the team that they were behind them. They all thought that was cool.”

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