Pigskin tradition

Football, hot dogs, KrumpeâEUR(TM)s and Cadillac converge at cityâEUR(TM)s annual crosstown contest

Football, hot dogs, KrumpeâEUR(TM)s and Cadillac converge at cityâEUR(TM)s annual crosstown contest

November 07, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

Editor's note: This is one in a series of occasional stories examining "Lifescapes" - scenes from everyday life that help define the character of where we live.

HAGERSTOWN - It's nearing 2:30 p.m. on Friday at School Stadium at South Hagerstown High School.

School still is in session as several students stream onto the football field - girls dressed in T-shirts bearing handwritten messages to boost school spirit and boys dressed in drag as cheerleaders.

They are preparing for the pep rally for the night's football game between South High's Rebels and their crosstown rivals, the North Hagerstown High School Hubs.

"Go-Go Get-em-Get-em Go Get em South High" is written on one senior's T-shirt. A few even have "SENIORS" on their derrieres.


The senior girls (representing South) compete against juniors (representing North) in the "Powder Puff" football game at the pep rally, while they are encouraged by the "cheerleaders."

The boys, in South jerseys, green and white miniskirts with knee highs, earrings, necklaces, makeup, wigs, and in some cases real facial hair, even do some lift maneuvers to pump up the crowd of students in the bleachers.

They manage to hold up "cheerleader" and offensive lineman Jared Bussard's 260 pounds in a sitting position for almost a minute before letting the junior go.

As the Powder Puff game takes a break, plates of Krumpe's powdered doughnut holes are set up on tables in front of the bleachers for an eating contest.

After the football players are introduced, Coach Greg Kellick is asked to say a few words.

"We'll be here all night if you let him talk," says center J.J. Myers, 17, a senior.

Kellick thanks the students for coming out and asks them to continue their support by showing up for the game.

As the pep rally at South is wrapping up, North High football parents are preparing a steak dinner for the players that has become a tradition before the annual North-South game.

Outside the gym, Bill Calandrelle and Dave Hovis are grilling the 90 sirloin steaks Rick Toms bought for the dinner.

"Here's the real secret to success - steaks," said Toms, 52, father of kicker Brent Toms.

Hovis, 60, said his stepson, Aaron Long, once was asked if he wanted salad, but Aaron passed because the team lost the last time he had salad.

"Both times we had potpie we lost," said Calandrelle, 42.

"After every game they've got to have Krumpe's doughnuts," Hovis said.

The spread in the school cafeteria includes baked potatoes, rolls, salads, cookies, pumpkin pies, cheesecakes with strawberries, apples, grapes, dirt cake and a large rectangular cake featuring the picture of a Hubs player and "Good Luck HUBS!" on a football field.

Senior Dean Staley, 16, leads grace, praying "that everybody stays safe and healthy tonight - on both sides" before praying for a victory.

Then, the line for food begins moving with one player choosing to pour ketchup on his steak and his baked potato with sour cream.

Justin Calandrelle, 17, holds out his plate of pumpkin pie for football parent Penny Worthington to spray some Reddi Whip on top. Twice, she stops and Justin gives her a look to keep on spraying.

5:30 p.m.

Back at School Stadium, the North High band parents are setting up condiments outside on tables and boiling water for hot chocolate in the concession building on top of the hill.

With North the home team, North High Band Boosters run the concessions. Band parent Diane Cauffman, who is coordinating the concessions, went shopping Thursday at Sam's Club to buy supplies.

Eight minutes have gone by and the first stacks of pizzas have arrived.

Vanetta Quintana, whose daughter, Summer-Rain, is in the band's guard, begins pouring about 15 pounds of steamers she made at home into a warmer.

Boxes of DOTS, Air Heads and Swedish Fish await being set out.

Two Coke fountain soda machines sit unused with an "out of order" sign on them. Whether they're actually broken isn't known, but what the parents do know is they can't use them because South High has a deal with Coke and North High has a contract with Pepsi and will use the Pepsi fountain soda machine. Pepsi also has dropped off a trailer for the parents to use as a concession stand on the visitors' side of the stadium.

Outside, Dane Edwards, 41, is cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on an 8-foot-long gas grill.

"I don't get to watch (the game)," said Edwards, who recently moved to the area from Richmond, Va., where he also helped the band boosters.

6:04 p.m.

The South High Rebels are jogging onto the field to the west end zone to do their warm-ups, while the rival Hubs are stretching at the other end.

On the visitors' side, several dozen fans have claimed their seats in the stands. Many wear the Rebels' green and white colors on their clothes and some wear it on their faces.

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