Holly Tracy, 4, waddles through rows of giggling cheerleaders during a Southern Boone High School football game against California High SchoolFriday in Ashland. Holly is the daughter of head football coach Trent Tracy and head cheer coach Christina Tracy.
As Southern Boone’s halftime performance unfolds, senior Garrett Boyle directs the band’s rendition of “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede on Friday at Southern Boone in Ashland. Boyle dismounted his ladder right after the song ended and left the field with the rest of the band to find a warm building.
The video screen at Alumni Field plays a pre-made video, recorded on Oct. 17, of the Hickman marching band on Friday in Columbia. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the band has not performed for the entire football season, so they prepared and recorded a showcase.
Kaylee Ware, left, and Capital City sophomore Serenity Moore watch the Cavaliers face the Kirksville Tigers on Friday at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City. Ware went to every home football game this year with Moore.
Southern Boone High School football players are reflected in a stagnant pool of rainwater as they stand on their home sidelines on Friday in Ashland. The team, who celebrated their senior night, played on the field after a rainfall of approximately half an inch.
LEFT: Larry Newbi, the assistant director of bands at Lincoln University, directs the Capital City High School and Lincoln University bands on Friday at Adkins Football Stadium in Jefferson City. “Being able to forge this relationship with Capital City High School has been incredible,” Newbi said. “We’re excited to have future performances like this and keep building this relationship we have with them.”RIGHT:/Missourian Yessnia Austin, left, and Danielle Jones dance to the music of Lincoln University and Capital City’s combination band at the Cavaliers football game on Friday at Adkins Football Stadium in Jefferson City. Since Lincoln wasn’t able to have a football season, this is their first and only performance of the semester. “I used to go to JC, so it’s bringing back a lot of memories,” Austin said about performing at Jefferson City High School.
Lincoln University band students dance in the stands at the Capital City High School football game on Friday at Adkins Football Stadium in Jefferson City. Ryan McFall, associate band director at Capital City, said the relationship with Lincoln University gives his students new experiences and opportunities. “Having them here is kind of a party atmosphere at the end of the year,” McFall said. “It’s our goal in the future to keep building this relationship with them.”
Southern Boone running back Alex Switzer, left, and Katie Duncan talk after Switzer’s football game against the California Pintos on Friday at Southern Boone High School in Ashland. The senior couple had won homecoming king and queen a week prior.
As the regular season of high school football came to an end and teams prepared for district play, Friday marked the last home game for some. For seniors, this was a chance to celebrate as the end of their careers draws nigh. From now on, the fans’ expectations of having another game to witness depends on those battling on the field. With victories from the Capital City Cavaliers and the Southern Boone Eagles and a loss for the Hickman Kewpies, our visual journalists present‘Friday Night Sights’— the magic and wonder of Friday night football.
Photos by Anastasia Busby, Zephyrus Li, Danielle Pycior, Amy Schaffer and Daniel Shular.
Produced by Marco Postigo Storel, Madi Winfield and Jacob Moscovitch.
Cover photo by Zephyrus Li.
Football is more than simply the action on the field. While everyone else stares at the big green box, eyes fixed under bright lights, we look the other way: at the relationships, reactions, moments and memories unfolding in the sidelines. Follow along each week as our visual journalists present‘Friday Night Sights.’