On Friday night September 5th Richland Northeast High School played their first ever varsity football game on their own campus. The only way to describe it was that it was a historic success.
The only disappointing part of the night was that Lancaster High won the game 20-6. Even a lost could not dampen the joy and excitement of playing a game on campus.
The game was a sellout. Estimated attendance for the game was 2,000 people (about 4 times as many people who normally attend games that are played at R2’s District Stadium). Several hundred alumni attended the game to be a part of history and catch up with old friends. A large contingent of students, staff and community members came out in droves to see the game. Several groups had tailgating parties prior to the game.
During halftime the school recognized former principals, athletic directors and distinguished alumni. They were joined on the field by all alumni in attendance.
All those who came out to support the Cavalier football team agreed how wonderful it was for them to actually play a real “home” game for the very first time. The hope was that there would be more games to come on campus.
For this year the remainder of Northeast’s varsity football games are scheduled to be played at Harry Parone stadium located on the campus of Spring Valley High School.