The Return of Friday Night Lights


Tia Sage-Durbin

The RHS football team runs off the field after a field goal kick

August 20th marked the start of the 2021 football season, with August 27th being the first home game. The Rams are currently at a record of 3-0 and have players on the offensive and defensive leader boards for SWOC.

The Rams opening game was against the Monroe Hornets. Despite getting delayed due to weather the game kicked off at 8:30 pm. The Hornets ended up scoring first making it 7-0, the Rams came back just before halftime and evened up the score making it 7-7. 

Senior Landon Herrmann stated, “What I think that is helping us come out on top is the way we dont quit and how we play as a team.” 

During halftime the team split up into offense and defense. Each talked about the things they were seeing, things they were doing that worked. After they spoke they ended up coming together and listening to head coach Kenyon Cummings speak. 

“One of my biggest motivators would be the coaches, their speeches give the team energy and get our mindsets all the same,” stated senior Dylan Hammons. 

One of Coach Commins famous quotes is “I don’t care how rough the water is, bring the ship in.” 

As the Rams walked out of the locker room and came out to the student section roaring, many mentioned it’s an entirely different feeling. 

Herrmann stated, “What I love most about Friday night lights is playing for the people and the screaming that comes from the stands.” 

Being able to have the student section, known as the Herd, brings an energy that last year’s players missed. Herrmann mentioned that the feeling of walking into a stadium where there is a student section cheering for the other team is the worst feeling in the world, it makes it hard to think. 

Chatterbox Sports also streamed the game as if it were a college game. This put a great amount of pressure on many of the players. Not only was it the first home game,but people anywhere were able to watch. 

Hammons stated, “Going into the game Friday was hard mentally. It puts a great amount of pressure on yourself as a player, all you want to do is win and make your school proud.” 

Friday night the Rams made a statement not only by making a comeback,but also by ending up winning with a score of 21-14. Come cheer on the Rams as they take on Badin High School Saturday September 18th.