The high school band, cheerleaders, football players and school officials pumped up the sports fans gathered for a pep rally Monday at the Vilonia High School.
Music blared. Sixteen cheerleaders chanted "I say Vilonia. You say Eagles." And, a couple of school officials offered words of encouragement.
Coach Jim Stanley, head football coach, asked the fans to get behind the team and to go to as many of the games as possible. He also referenced the Aug. 30 game at War Memorial Stadium.
"It’s a big thing for these kids," he said. "They are getting ready to play where the Razorbacks have played."
Ed Sellers, athletic director/assistant superintendent, also spoke.
"Football season is the most exciting thing about coming back to school," he said. He talked about a tough conference and student practices. He said he has been observing some of the students during practices and "our guys are ready."
Addressing the students, he challenged them to demonstrate school spirit and to "play everything you play as good as you can so you will have no regrets."
After the rally, many gathered in the cafeteria to eat at a spaghetti fundraiser to go toward team operations. During his address, Stanley said some of the funds will help to feed players who need "a little help buying food."
Two students, Drew Knowles and D. J. Crume spoke briefly revving up the crowd.
Cheerleading sponsor Judy Cox also said the cheerleaders will also be a competitive team this year.
Football schedules were available. Dates listed in addition to the Monday game at War Memorial for senior high football include:
Sept. 10, against Wynne at home; Sept. 17, against Beebe at home; Sept. 24, against Huntsville at home; Oct 1, against Alma away; Oct. 8, against Siloam Springs away; Oct. 15, against Morrilton at home; Oct. 22, against Greenwood at home; Oct. 29, against Harrison away; Nov. 4, against Greenbrier away.