The Friday night lights are back on at East Chapel Hill High School.
Friday night was the first game of the season for the school’s varsity team. The season was canceled last year due to low turnout.
Senior quarterback Will Donaldson played on the junior varsity team last year. He said he was initially disappointed that there wasn’t a varsity squad.
“At first I was a little bummed, but I then came to realize we need this minor setback to just improve and really get a better understanding of the game of football,” Donaldson said.
This year, other area schools, like Chapel Hill High School, canceled their varsity season’s due to low turnout.
Other students and teachers said not having the varsity team last year was a positive experience.
“They needed to have a JV year because it wasn’t safe for some of them to play. It just made other sports bigger; people went to soccer more,” said senior Rachel McCoy.
The Wildcats new season also brings a new head coach Brian Nunn. He said he was attracted to the program because they didn’t have a team last year.
“They’ve been down on their luck for a long time. The participation was low, and the opportunity to build was just so intriguing,” he said.
Dunn, who is from Durham, spent time coaching high school football in Georgia. He said he tells his players in football, and life, they have to learn to get back up when you’re down.
“I believe in hard work. I believe in putting kids in pressure situations because it’s not just about football, it;s about life,” Nunn said.
Carrboro, after squeaking out a 38-34 win over Harrells Christian Academy last week, trounced the Wildcats in their return to the gridiron, 48-6.