Stampede in the Valley showcases local football players

All the Warhorses in the Valley get together on Aug. 11

Fred McCormick

The sounds of pads colliding and fans screaming will once again fill Warhorse Stadium on Aug. 11, with the inaugural Stampede in the Valley.

The event, free to the public, will provide a chance for every football player in the Swannanoa Valley to be introduced to fans. It will also debut the new turf on the field at Owen High School.

Owen head coach Nathan Padgett sees the Stampede as an opportunity to recognize the various football programs in the area and the kids that compete in them.

The teams from the Warhorses Youth Football and Cheerleading organization will be among those practicing on the new turf at Warhorse Stadium on Aug. 11.

"We're partnering with the youth league to form this event," he said. "It really gives the community a chance to come out and see our youth league teams, our middle school team and our high school teams all in one night."

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, with the first practices beginning at 6 p.m. Concession stands at the field will be open, and all of the players will be recognized.

"We would like to have their names announced as they are practicing," Padgett said. "That way people will know the players on the Termite team all the way up."

There will also be merchandise for sale for those who want to support Warhorses of any age, according to Padgett.

"I've already ordered T-shirts," he said.

Owen Warhorse Casey Young will be one of the many Swannanoa Valley football players practicing on Aug. 11 at the Stampede in the Valley.

The event will also serve as an unveiling of the new field at Warhorse Stadium, which is scheduled to be finished on Aug. 8.

"It will be a chance for people to come out and see everything that's going on before we head into the season," Padgett said. "It should be fun."

Padgett's team will open its season at home just eight days later at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 19, when it hosts the Enka Jets.

The Owen High School varsity football season continues to prepare for the upcoming season on Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Stampede in the Valley.