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Friday Night Sights | 10.30.20

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Friday Night Sights | 10.30.20

A STRANGE SEASON STEADIES ON

This season of mid-Missouri high school football has outlasted canceled games and COVID-19 scares so far, but the unusual year isn’t over yet. The stadium lights and the nearly full moon worked together to illuminate the excitement of the games. Half of the Columbia teams are now knocked out of the playoffs, moving the brass ring closer and closer for the schools that remain. With a victory for the Rock Bridge Bruins and losses for the Tolton Catholic Trailblazers and Jefferson City Jays, our visual journalists present ‘Friday Night Sights’ — the magic and wonder of Friday night football.

The Paris High School football team runs onto Warbritton Field

The Paris High School football team runs onto Warbritton Field on Friday in Paris, Mo. The Coyotes were escorted to the field by a police pickup truck.

Josephine Schulte, 7 months, bundles up for the cold with her grandparents

Josephine Schulte, 7 months, bundles up for the cold with grandparents Albert and Ruth Miles on Friday at Paris High School. Josephine watched as her brother, wide receiver Julian McKoy, played for Tolton Catholic football against Paris in the Class 1 District 2 quarterfinal.

Jefferson City senior drum major Annastasia Schnieders conducts the band during their halftime performance

Jefferson City senior drum major Annastasia Schnieders conducts the band during its halftime performance Friday at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City. This was Schnieders’ last performance of her high school marching band career.

Tolton football coach Danny Spry leaves his headset just ahead of halftime

Tolton football coach Danny Spry leaves his headset just ahead of halftime on Friday at Paris High School in Paris, Mo. The Tolton Trailblazers lost to the Paris Coyotes 24-6.

Tolton fans bundle up

Tolton Catholic football fans bundle up in the stands during Tolton’s Class 1 District 2 quarterfinal matchup against Paris at Paris High School on Friday. The Trailblazers lost to the Coyotes 24-6, ending their season.

Troy Buchanan linemen Edgar Vergara and Braeden Dependahl exit the locker room after halftime

In this long exposure photograph, Troy Buchanan linemen Edgar Vergara, left, and Braeden Dependahl exit the locker room after halftime on Friday at Rock Bridge High School. Troy was down 21-13 at the half and ultimately lost 31-20.

The Troy Buchanan Trojans listen to their coach after being eliminated

The Troy Buchanan Trojans listen to their coach after being eliminated from the MSHSAA Class 6 District 4 playoffs from a loss to Rock Bridge High School on Friday at Rock Bridge. Troy finished the season with a 3-7 record.

From left, Sarah Messer, Lezlie Norris and Stephanie Dent stand on a bench on the sidelines

From left, Sarah Messer, Lezlie Norris and Stephanie Dent stand on a bench on the sidelines while watching the game Friday at Rock Bridge High School. The three parents of Bruins players call themselves “Moms on mask duty.”

Freshman Aleck Lute plays the trombone during the Jefferson City High School marching band’s halftime performance

Freshman Aleck Lute plays the trombone during the Jefferson City High School marching band’s halftime performance of a Rock of Ages medley on Friday at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City. Lute and his bandmates dressed up in costumes for their final performance of the season.

Noah Dent, 9, spreads ice around on the ground

Noah Dent, 9, spreads ice around on the ground Friday at Rock Bridge High School. Dent and two of his friends were having an “ice fight” as the game came to a close.

Jefferson City senior Bryson Briggs walks away from his last huddle of his high school career

Jefferson City senior Bryson Briggs walks away from the last huddle of his high school career Friday at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City. The Jays lost 43-36 to the Camdenton Lakers in the Class 5 District 4 quarterfinals.

A costume panda head sits on empty bleachers

A costume panda head sits on empty bleachers Friday at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City. The Jays’ band dressed up in costumes to celebrate Halloween.

Photos by Olivia Anderson, Michelle Gutierrez, Nicole Gutierrez, Jacey Johnson, Daniel Shular and Owen Ziliak.

Produced by Marco Postigo Storel, Madi Winfield and Jacob Moscovitch.

Cover photo by Michelle Gutierrez.

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.’

  • Fall 2020 Photo Editor, majoring in International Photojournalism. Reach at mpsbb7@mail.missouri.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5700

  • Assistant director of photography (ADOP) at Vox Magazine. Previously ADOP, photo editor, staff photographer, reporter at the Columbia Missourian. Reach me at madiwinfield@mail.missouri.edu or at @madiwinfield on Instagram and Twitter.

  • Reporter at the Columbia Missourian. (He/Him). Reach me jacobmoscovitch@mail.missouri.edu.

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