BY TATUM NORTHINGTON
Photos provided by Facebook, Lisa McDaniel and Michelle Studdard
The annual Meet the Lions meet was held last night at Kevin Turner Memorial Field at Stanley Jensen Stadium in downtown Prattville. Meet the Lions is a community event where Prattville High School and Prattville Junior High showcase their football teams, cheerleading teams, and band. This year was a bit more special as the City of Prattville renovated parts of the stadium and the new light show was presented at the end of the evening – which is just the beginning as a multi-million dollar renovation dollars is expected after the fall.
Mayor Bill Gillespie welcomed everyone to the stadium and thanked them for their time with these wonderful programs. Councilman Robert Strichik, head of the city council’s parks and recreation committee, was also on hand to speak and welcome the crowd. Strichik is also the voice of the Prattville Lions and is entering his 37th season in that role.
Superintendent Tim Tidmore then took the stage to welcome the fans and introduce the Junior High coaches. The Prattville Junior High teams and cheer squads were introduced first, and they seemed very excited for their upcoming season. Next, the Pride of Prattville Marching Band performed their halftime show. Next, the Prattville High Lions football team and cheer squad were introduced.
Coach Jason Wallace said, “Thank you for coming out to support our college and high school players. If it looks like this for Meet the Lions, I can only imagine what our stadium will look like next Friday.
The varsity team then battled for approximately 35 minutes and near the end of the scrimmage, fans got to see the new light show put on by the City of Prattville Parks and Recreation Department.
After the scrum, we caught up with Councilor Strichik who said, “It was a great crowd tonight. We got to see all the teams and were excited to show off our new lighting system and all the different color options it offers. As I enter my 37th season as the voice of the Prattville Lions, I believe Coach Wallace has put our young men on the right track to bring the No. 6 state title back to Fountain City.
The feelings seemed to be the same across the board when speaking with fans and coaches. Coach Wallace ended the night talking to us saying, “I believe our guys are going to compete and play as a cohesive team this season. We have a tight-knit group of young men who care about each other and get along well. I’m excited to see our finished product.
All fans are encouraged to come out and support the Lions as they host the season opener on Friday August 19 against Foley. Tickets for this game can be purchased through the schools GoFan link HERE. Good luck Pratville