Rector Gathers for Tailgate Party, Radio Station Morning Show
Beginning at the early hour of 7 a.m. on Football Friday, the Rector Pep Club, cheerleaders and band along with the football team, faculty and administration, welcomed 107.9 KFIN for the station’s morning show. Interviews, cheers, fight songs and fun began the day. Soft drinks were distributed while the Cougar Nation gathered to rally the football team in the cross-county rival game with the Piggott Mohawks held at Temerian Field at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, Rector fans planned for a huge tailgate party.
The local churches furnished multiple varieties of tailgate goodies for the gathering of fans. Blue was the predominant color for t-shirts proclaiming loyalty to the home team. Set up in tents on the north side of the fenced field area, hamburgers, hotdogs, chili-cheese nachos, desserts along with sticker tattoos and eyeblack stickers celebrating the Cougars were offered to all. Organized by Brandy and Steve Cook of Rector’s Shinndiggs, the crowd’s participation thanked everyone for bringing such an event to reality.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Department dished out chili-cheese nachos, Blooming Grove Missionary Baptist Church and Life Change Church provided desserts including cupcakes, brownies and cookies. First General Baptist offered hot dogs and Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church distributed an array of chips, trail mix packets and granola bars. First Baptist Church brought the grills and the aroma of hamburgers filled the area. Soft drinks were distributed by First United Methodist Church and the hamburger buns, and condiments were provided by the Fifth and Pine Church of Christ.
Kalynn Cox, a leader of the newly-formed Pep Club, said, “This (tailgate) is great. The school has a reason to get fired up and we can come out here and celebrate with our friends.”
Superintendent Johnny Fowler also commented that he was happy so many people came out to support the home team and hoped everyone had fun at the tailgate.
The pregame excitement for the Rector-Piggott football game was the arrival of Rector’s mayor Teresa Roofe in a Survival Flight helicopter which landed at midfield. Mayor Roofe was escorted to the sideline by Cindy Buck, marketing manager for Survival Flight, and the crowd cheered as the mayor handed the game ball to the game captains.