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Friday Night Sights | 9.11.20

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Friday Night Sights | 9.11.20

RAIN-SOAKED RIVALRIES

Rainwater blanketed the fields and umbrellas sprouted across the stands as students, athletes, fans, faculty and families entered stadiums for a damp game of football. Rock Bridge Bruins, Battle Spartans, Hickman Kewpies, Tolton Trailblazers, Boonville Pirates, Jefferson City Jays, Capital City Cavaliers, Southern Boone Eagles and Helias Crusaders stepped onto the field eagerly. With triumphs from the Trailblazers, Crusaders, Eagles, Bruins, Kewpies, and losses for the Pirates, Spartans, Jays and Cavaliers, our visual journalists present ‘Friday Night Sights’ — the magic and wonder of Friday night football.

Hickman Wide Receiver LJ Williams get down to tie his cleats

Hickman wide receiver LJ Williams pauses after tying his cleats Friday at Adkins Football Stadium in Jefferson City. Hickman will face Battle this upcoming Friday at home.

Tolton Catholic High School’s marching band sets up for its pregame performance

Tolton Catholic High School’s marching band sets up for its pregame performance on Friday at Father Tolton. For halftime the band performed “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.

Rock Bridge defensive coach Shelton Bynum plays a quick pick up game

BLYTHE DORRIAN/Missourian Rock Bridge defensive coach Shelton Bynum plays a quick pickup game with son Aayden Bynum, 9, on Friday at Rock Bridge High School. Aayden plays football for the Columbia Youth Football League.

Rock Bridge sophomore Rashad Ennin watches a play from the sidelines

Rock Bridge sophomore Rashad Ennin watches a play from the sidelines of a game against the Jays on Friday at Rock Bridge High School. The group of Bruins on the sidelines then erupted in screams and cheers.

Rock Bridge sophomore Gracie Lockett, far right, leans on sophomore Sunday Crane's shoulder

Rock Bridge sophomore Gracie Lockett, far right, leans on sophomore Sunday Crane’s shoulder on Friday at Rock Bridge High School. The cheer team took a few minutes for a break before the beginning of the first quarter.

Hickman Running Back Keshawn Collins is tackled by Defensive Back Colton Sheehan

Hickman running back Keshawn Collins is tackled by defensive back Colton Sheehan on Friday at Adkins Football Stadium. The second quarter ended with the Kewpies up front by three points. 

Victoria Thompson dances with her son, Jace Jackson,

LEFT: Victoria Thompson dances with her son, Jace Jackson, 1, on Friday at Father Tolton Catholic High School. The two came to watch Jackson’s father, Jerrell Jackson, coach the Trailblazers. RIGHT: Assistant coach Jerrell Jackson celebrates a touchdown on Friday at Father Tolton Catholic High School. Jackson joined Tolton’s coaching team in 2018. 

Fans pack Ray Hentges Football Stadium on Friday in Jefferson City

Fans pack Ray Hentges Football Stadium on Friday at Helias Catholic High School. Although fans were asked to social distance and wear masks, not everyone was compliant with the requirements.

Jefferson City fans sit in the stands and use umbrellas to stay dry from the rain

Fans sit in the stands and use umbrellas to stay dry from the rain on Friday at Adkins Football Stadium. The rain started to get heavier around 8 p.m. 

Boonville dance team member Kylee Johnston walks back toward

Boonville dance team member Kylee Johnston walks back toward her team after she puts on a poncho on Friday at Boonville High School. Johnston said she was not affected by the bad weather at all and was excited about the game.

The Helias Catholic High School band plays after the crusaders scored a touchdown

The Helias Catholic High School band plays after the Crusaders scored a touchdown in the first quarter in their game against Battle High School on Friday at Helias. The Crusaders beat the Spartans with a final score of 41-19.

Rock Bridge senior Max Vanatta stands on the sidelines after sustaining

LEFT: Rock Bridge senior Max Vanatta stands on the sidelines after sustaining a mid-game injury on Friday at Rock Bridge High School. Vanatta stood on the sidelines with his team the entire time, even though he wasn't able to play after the first half. RIGHT: Injured Missouri Military Academy senior Phasakorn Cunningham lays on the ground while Bryce Roark, Tolton’s certified athletic trainer, and Riley Nelson, a student athletic trainer, stretch his leg out on Friday at Father Tolton Catholic High School. Cunningham walked off the field afterwards and was able to continue in the game.

Missouri Military Academy sophomore Gabriel Canonico grabs Tolton senior Noah Manie

Missouri Military Academy sophomore Gabriel Canonico grabs Tolton senior Noah Manie on Friday at Father Tolton Catholic High School. At halftime the Trailblazers were up 16-12.

A play clock marks 23 seconds on Friday at Adkins Football Stadium

A play clock marks 23 seconds left in a play at a Kewpies vs. Cavaliers game on Friday at Adkins Football Stadium. The clock remained wet as the game closed after more than an hour of rain.

The Battle Spartans walk to the lockerroom for halftime on Friday

The Battle Spartans walk to the locker room for halftime on Friday at Helias Catholic High School. Battle never took the lead in the second half.

Jefferson City junior David Bethune is comforted by his head coach Scott Bailey

Jefferson City junior David Bethune is comforted by coach Scott Bailey after a loss for the Jays on Friday at Rock Bridge High School. The Jays will face Smith-Cotton on Sept. 18 at home.

As the rain began for the evening, Capital City dance team cheers during a time out

As the rain began for the evening, the Capital City dance team cheers during a time out on Friday at Adkins Football Stadium. As soon as the rain started, the dancers put on plastic ponchos to protect their sequined dresses. 

Boonville Pirates coach Greg Hough consoles the players after their rain-drenched defeat

Boonville Pirates coach Greg Hough consoles the players after their rain-drenched defeat against the Southern Boone Eagles on Friday at Boonville High School. Hough, after speaking about the highlights and downfalls of the game, finalized the date and time of the Pirates’ upcoming practice.

Visuals by Blythe Dorrian, Marco Postigo Storel, Eva Qian, William Scott Daniel Shular and Elizabeth Underwood.

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

Cover photo by Elizabeth Underwood.

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. Previously staff photographer, reporter. Photojournalism & visual editing major. Reach me at madiwinfield@mail.missouri.edu.

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

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