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Football starts to­day

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

Bright lights, cheer­ing fans and the sonic roar of bands will hit Homer Sharp Sta­dium tonight as the first game of the sea­son kicks off football Fri­days in New­ton County.

Tonight, home­town high­school ri­vals New­ton and East­side will bat­tle it out on the field at 7:30 p.m. and the Al­covy High Tigers will travel to Jones County to take on the Grey­hounds at 7 p.m. As the football sea­son be­gins, Dar­ren Berry, ath­letic di­rec­tor for New­ton County Schools, re­minds fans of a few guide­lines for at­tend­ing school sports events.

Berry said the football field is con­sid­ered by law to be an ex­ten­sion of school prop­erty. There­fore, items that are banned in school build­ings are also banned at sport­ing events spon­sored by the New­ton County School Sys­tem. Such items in­clude but are not limited to to­bacco, drugs, al­co­hol and weapons, he said.

“A good rule of thumb is: If you would not carry it into a school build­ing, you should not carry it into the sta­dium,” Berry said.

Mul­ti­ple school sys­tem em­ploy­ees, New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies, and Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers will be sta­tioned through­out the sta­dium for se­cu­rity pur- poses, he said.

He said games pit­ting two New­ton County teams, such as tonight’s New­ton vs. East­side match-up, will have more law en­force­ment as­signed, as th­ese games draw larger crowds.

“At­ten­dees who are found to be in pos­ses­sion of any items banned on school prop­erty are sub­ject to ejec­tion and pos­si­ble pros­e­cu­tion,” Berry said.

Tick­ets for var­sity football games in New­ton County are $8 for adults and stu­dents; tick­ets for ju­nior var­sity football games are $6 for adults and $4 for stu­dents; and tick­ets for mid­dle school football games are $5 for adults and $4 for stu­dents.

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