Players eager to test college stadium

Friday, October 13, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:24 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Most high school football players don’t get the chance to play in college, but the rivalry between Hickman and Rock Bridge allows the teams to experience that sensation for one night.

The Bruins and Kewpies will abandon their stadiums to play under Faurot Field’s lights tonight at 7.

Hickman coach Jason Wright hopes his players enjoy the atmosphere and cherish the memory of playing on a college field.

“Some of (the players) may not ever have that chance before,” he said. “And they need to understand that. I think it’s an exciting time for them. I think back to when I was in high school, man, I would love to play on something like that. (It’s) something that you got to relish because it may be just one opportunity for them.”

Rock Bridge wide receiver Tim Gross is looking forward to playing at Faurot Field with an unlimited seating capacity instead of a high school field with cramped bleachers on each sideline.

“(It’s) just kind of neat to be able to see and feel what it feels like for college players to be playing on Saturdays,” Gross said.

The larger venue also accomodates the thousands of spirited fans who will turn out for the annual event.

“It’s good for the community,” Wright said. “Whether it is the south side or the north side, a lot of alumni come back for this one game. People take pride in these two fine schools.”

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