RHS looks for­ward to re­match

Stu­dents share their ex­cite­ment for tonight’s play­off game in Warner Robins.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By John Popham [email protected]

Rome High School’s foot­ball team and their fans got on the road Thurs­day, mak­ing the 170-mile jour­ney to Warner Robins to watch the semi­fi­nal game tonight.

The en­ergy has been high this week as stu­dents hope Rome High School will bring home their third con­sec­u­tive ti­tle ... but first the Wolves will have to beat Warner Robins High School, the team they beat 38-0 at last year’s state cham­pi­onship game.

Seven Rome High School stu­dents who will be on the road to­day to watch the show­down spoke about how they feel about this semi­fi­nal game.

“It’s just a lot of pres­sure” Al­yse PalmerAskew, a se­nior cheer­leader said. “The cheer­lead­ers are try­ing to keep our boys’ heads in the game.”

She added that when the cheer­lead­ers are on the side­line they have to keep a straight face, and even if things aren’t go­ing their way, be uplift­ing and do their job.

“I am ex­cited to cheer at this one,” Lilly Tye, a fresh­man cheer­leader, said.

Ka­mara Parks, a se­nior band mem­ber, said she hopes the guys win an­other ring this year — her se­nior year — and is happy to be a part of it all.

“We try to cheer as loud as we can,” Parks said. “We re­ally want to see the guys win.”

The stu­dents said they hope the rest of Floyd County comes along to sup­port the Wolves. They’ve seen stu­dents from other schools in the stands cheer­ing for Rome which re­ally means a lot to the guys on the field, said De­tai­jha Daniel, a se­nior.

‘We try to cheer as loud as we can. We re­ally want to see the guys win.’ Ka­mara Parks, Rome se­nior band mem­ber

It also means a lot when teach­ers and staff travel for the game, or if they can’t make it, to make sure the play­ers know they are sup­ported.

Palmer-Askew said that sur­round­ing schools send their sup­port via Twit­ter and other means when­ever Rome makes it to state, which means a lot to her and other stu­dents.

Tye said her fa­vorite part of game day is the fourth quar­ter when they know they are go­ing to win.

Daniel’s fa­vorite is the school day it­self and be­ing ex­cited with her fel­low stu­dents prior to the game.

The stu­dents said the en­ergy can be felt from the other stu­dents and from the play­ers as ev­ery­one gears up for Fri­day night foot­ball.

All schools in the city school sys­tem will be closed to­day to en­sure safe trav­el­ing due to an­tic­i­pated high traf­fic vol­ume.

All of these stu­dents trav­eled with Rome High School last year when the cham­pi­onship game was snowed out at the Mercedes Benz Sta­dium.

The stu­dents said ev­ery­one was there al­ready — fans, stu­dents, coaches, play­ers and bands, so they were all pretty up­set to have to come all the way back to Rome.

They also re­counted the first state cham­pi­onship Rome won in 2016 against Bu­ford, 16-7 — a game PalmerAskew and Daniel said they both cried dur­ing.

Al­lon El­lis, a sopho­more, said there was a lot of lo­cal sup­port from fans who trav­eled to the Ge­or­gia Dome for that first cham­pi­onship game.

“Rome showed out, ev­ery­body left,” El­lis said.

The Rome Wolves will kick off at McCon­nell-Tal­bert Sta­dium in Warner Rob­bins at 7:30 p.m. tonight in a semi­fi­nal game that will de­ter­mine who goes to the state cham­pi­onship. Tick­ets may be pur­chased via the Go Fan web­site at https://go­fan.co/app/ school/GA5278 or at Warner Robins. Tick­ets are $15 for adults.

/ RCS file

Rome High School’s stu­dent sec­tion cheers on their team on game­day. Rome will face Warner Robins tonight

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