By Rodney Hays
By the time Sunday night rolls around it will have been 254 days since the last time the Prosper played a football game. Unforunately, that was a season-ending 36-29 loss to Lancaster in the playoffs. Lancaster went on to the state championship game three weeks later.
Finally, the Eagles will get the chance to get that bad taste out of their mouths. The mouth-cleansing will officially begin Sunday night at 10 a.m. as the football team, the PHS cheerleaders and the Eagle Touchdown Club kick off the season will the third annual Midnight Madness event at the Prosper High School practice facility.
The ETC is inviting students, families, and the entire community to come out and be a part of the 2013 kick off to Eagle Football.
Most Texas high schools started summer practices this week but Prosper opted to participate in spring football instead and postpone practices for a week. Eagle head coach Kent Scott said the team traded one week of practice this summer for 18 days of practice in the spring. The football team started spring football in 2012 and Scott said he believed it was a success and decided to stick with it this year. At first Scott said he was worried some of the kids might not remember the material they worked on the spring going into summer. But that was not the case.
"Our retention [last year] was tremendous," Scott said. "We had a good first round with it."
As for Midnight Madness, Scott said that was something he started doing in his very first heading coaching stint in Rawls, Texas.
"I think it sends a message to the kids that we are going to beat everybody else to work," Scott said. The event has been popular with players and fans. "We have a good turnout," Scott said. "The kids get fired up about it. The parents are fired up about it. It’s a great way to start the season."
This year will also include representatives from Nike on hand.
Nike will be the uniform of choice for the Eagles this year.
The Nike pre-celebration will begin on Sunday night at 10 p.m. at the football practice facility. To start things off, football fans will have a chance to meet the varsity football players for photos and signed footballs and browse the Nike Spirit Wear trailer. Proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go back into the Eagle football program, Scott said.
Beginning at 11 p.m. the large community Pep Rally and countdown to Midnight Madness will begin. There will even be some special surprises for Eagle football players and fans.
PHS cheerleaders and mascots, The Mighty Eagle Band drumline, and Talonettes will all be a part of this big event. Kona Ice will be offering their tasty treats, or you can purchase beverages and snacks at the concession stand.
Fans are asked to bring your blankets and lawn chairs and sit right on the football field to watch the Pep Rally. Bring signs and noise makers for the Fan Spirit Line, where at 12:01 a.m., fans will cheer on the players as they enter the locker room to begin the 2013 football season. Around 12:20 a.m., the team will return to the football field for the first practice of the year.
And some time around 12:21, the bad taste will slowly start to fade as the Eagles look forward to their first scrimmage on Aug. 16 at home against Argyle.