Hunter: Football opens with a roar

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School is back in session and that means one thing ... football is back.

The Cannon County High School team opens the season on August 19 at home against Community High School from Unionville. Woodbury is excited! Last week, downtown was packed for the annual kickoff barbecue.

A huge group of supporters gathered on the Square August 5 to see the 2016 edition of the football team and cheerleaders. Every team at all age levels were introduced to the crowd. Those included the youth football and cheerleaders, the middle grade football team and cheerleaders, and the high school football team and cheerleaders.

It was a perfect way to kick off the season.

All of the student-athletes were pumped up to be introduced on the stage at the Courthouse. CCHS's football players were excited about 2016 wanting to put a tough 2015 behind them. This was the first step in doing it.

I have said many times in the space, the cheerleaders are athletes, too, and they work just as hard as the other teams on campus. That practice showed last week, because each cheer squad put on an impressive performance getting the crowd excited about the upcoming football season.

"For events like this it is kind of nerve racking sometimes, but once you get out there the adrenaline kicks in and it is really fun," senior cheerleader Tori Russell said. "I enjoy it a lot, and the other girls do too."

As for the football players, they enjoy the celebration, especially seeing the supporters who are there no matter the score. It is one of the things I enjoy about this job is seeing the fans get behind all of the Lions and Lionettes regardless of the team's record.

The student-athletes appreciate it also and that is why they get the special feeling each time they put on the Maroon and White for every game.

"You feel very prideful," CCHS football player Jayson Coon said. "You get a lot of pride from the community. I feel proud to wear this jersey, and very proud to be on this team."

CCMG cheerleader Emma McIntosh added, "It is amazing ever since I was little I dreamed of being a cheerleader. I am really glad to finally fulfill my dream."

CCMG football player Jackson Thomas said, "It feels good, because I am meeting new people from surrounding counties. It is fun to be riding with my friends and playing football for Cannon County."

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