October 16, 2007 - Posted at 6:39 p.m. CDT
BROOKLAND-For the first time in the school district's history, Brookland will now have a football program.
"Football is probably the first biggest sport there is. Everybody likes it," said 7th grader Brittany Millsap.
People like football so much, that the whole community rallied together to make football a reality.
"Brookland is the biggest school in the state that is without a football program. We just wanted to change that," said Football Booster President, Lance Guest.
Monday night the Brookland School Board called a touchdown, making way for the middle school team as early as next school year.
"We will use an off-site stadium that is already prepped. It's only being used in a limited sense. We are going to use that until our stadium is built," said Guest.
The new stadium, hoped to be opened by 2012, will be housed on the old baseball complex just to the end of the new Performing Arts Center, bringing football even closer to home.
"There is no other sport that brings out the community like football does," said parent Jason Cantwell.
"I think this is going to be a really good thing for Brookland," said Millsap.
It's a big chance these kids have never had before.
"What do you want to be doing next year," I asked. "I want to be playing football and having fun," responded 7th grader Hunter Mullins.
And fun is what it's all about.
"There are so many things that go along with football. It's not just football. It's band, it's chearleaders, it's dancers," said Cantwell.
So now there's just one thing left to say...Go Bearcats!
We're told the coaching positions will be filled by newly hired staff that will serve on both athletics and the regular teaching staff. They hope to have some of these positions filled by February 2008.
It's still unclear what bracket the team will play in, but currently Brookland athletics participate in AAA.
And Region 8 News will continue to follow the Bearcats as football becomes part of their future.