Two games into the season, it might not be the start new Shelbyville Central football coach Jason Hardy and his staff had hoped for, but there's one thing for certain.
(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
If the old saying "Hard work always pays off," is true, good things are ahead for the Golden Eagles.
When Hardy took over the program back in April, he knew it would be a work in progress.
The team worked extremely hard throughout the summer and preseason to get stronger and in better condition.
Quite honestly, it may take a number of years for that hard work to pay off and show up in wins.
Be assured Hardy and his dedicated staff have the program turned in the right direction and are moving full steam ahead.
With that said, there is another part of a successful football program that he has concerns about -- fan support throughout the community.
Born and raised in Shelbyville, I remember as a child being excited about going to the football games at the old high school.
The games each Friday night were the talk of the town throughout the week and the stands were packed.
Hardy, along with a large group of dedicated parents and Tyson Foods, has put together an awesome opportunity for the community to come out and show support for the Golden Eagles in their home opener Friday night against Springfield.
The "Tyson Tailgate" Chicken Supper will be held in the SCHS cafeteria from 5-6:30 p.m. before the game.
Tickets can be purchased from any team member or by calling Jennifer at Tyson Foods, 684-8180 ext. 213, or Diane Neeley, 685-8053 or 607-8053. They can also be purchased at the door for $7.
The meal will consist of grilled leg quarters, baked beans, slaw, roll, tea and dessert.
Karen Lott of Canteen Vending donated the beans and slaw.
Tyson's events committee and Jimmy Bean will be cooking.
If you're looking for some blue and gold to wear during this football season, a booth will be set up at the Tyson Tailgate dinner and before all home games.
Shirts, hats, sun visors, stadium seats, foam fingers and a number of other novelty items will be available at a reasonable price.
Come and show your support to the Golden Eagles for all their hard work and be a part of all the excitement.
To build a strong and successful football program it takes a commitment from not only the players and coaches but the whole community.
Gary Johnson is a Times-Gazette sports writer.