Work begins on football field

Posted Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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High school football plays an important role in many Texas towns. And for the city of Brock, the groundbreaking for their own football field is a step closer to being able to participate.

Parents, students and others involved in the high school and community came to the July 8 ceremony dressed in the school’s blue and yellow colors despite nearly triple-digit temperatures to show their excitement and support.

"It’s been a long time coming," said Dianna Taylor, whose sophomore son will get to play on the field.

Superintendent Richard Tedder said the process first began in 2009 when they tried to pass bonds that would fund the football facilities and others for the school.

After three attempts – the last one in 2012 failing to pass by 15 votes – the bond passed in the May election and work on the field started in June.

"We’re very excited that this bond passed and the boys will get to play at a good facility," Tedder said.

The bond, which the school began planning in February Tedder said, was a $3.5 million proposition that will include the football stadium as well as a field house and a baseball/softball field house.

The 2013 bond passed with over 55 percent of the vote and a margin of 130 votes.

"We appreciate the support of the community," Tedder said.

Taylor showed her support by raising $300,000 through fundraisers to go toward the new field.

Despite not having their own field, the Brock Eagles began playing football two years ago with a 7th and 8th grade team which went undefeated in their season.

The 2012-2013 season they added the 9th-11th grades to that team and this year will let the seniors play as well with a high school team.

Taylor said this year the school will have about 130 students taking part in the three teams.

Tedder said they expect the field to be done the first week of August but bleachers will not be in place until October so they will continue playing at a separate field until then.

Because they have just recently formed their teams, Brock is not yet in a district and cannot play competitively yet for at least another year.

Despite the wait still to come, Taylor said everybody is excited about the future of their teams and the school.

"Nobody thought it would ever come to fruition," Taylor said.

Taylor said the opening of the field will be celebrated after its completion scheduled during the first week of August and will include a midnight practice on the field.

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