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Friday Night Rites: Back in the bleachers again

Orange carnations in a pirates' treasure chest are placed on the sidelines of the 43rd yard line prior to the PC v. PCN football game on Aug. 31 in honor of Dylan Collier, 16. [Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman]
Orange carnations in a pirates' treasure chest are placed on the sidelines of the 43rd yard line prior to the PC v. PCN football game on Aug. 31 in honor of Dylan Collier, 16. [Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman]
I remember going to football games when I was in high school. 

My grandparents bought me this candy apple red ... wait for it ... Plymouth Scamp (I had never heard of it before and haven't since. It was vintage, which was another way of saying it was an older model car. It wasn't a Camaro or Mustang like you probably envisioned when I mentioned the color. ... I loved it, though) when I got my driver's license at age 16 and the first thing I did was grab a couple of my friends to go to the football game that Friday night at our high school, Millwood. I took some teasing about the car and I was sensitive about it at first but then I realized that with the car came freedom and with that freedom, I could get to the games, go out to lunch, etc. That was that.

Putnam City football team fans, parents, cheerleaders, freshmen players and others place orange carnations into a pirates' treasure chest in honor of Dylan Collier, 16. [Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman]
Putnam City football team fans, parents, cheerleaders, freshmen players and others place orange carnations into a pirates' treasure chest in honor of Dylan Collier, 16. [Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman]

I thought about those days recently when I attended a portion of the Aug. 31 Putnam City v. Putnam City North football game and witnessed the touching memorial tribute to Dylan Collier, one of the PC freshmen football players who had died just a few days prior. I had heard that Cherokee Hills Baptist Church had "adopted" the Pirates football team and I was out there to do a story. Angela Scruggs, who heads up the church's fan club outreach, handed out 100 carnations to freshmen football players, cheerleaders, pom squad members, coaches, fans and other supporters to place in a pirates' "treasure chest" in Dylan's honor. They set it out on the sidelines at the 43rd yard line in tribute to Dylan, who whose jersey was No. 43. 

Angela Scruggs, coordinator of Cherokee Hills Baptist Church's Putnam City High School fan club, hands out orange carnations to individuals prior to the Aug. 31 PC game against Putnam City North at Putnam City Stadium. [Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman]
Angela Scruggs, coordinator of Cherokee Hills Baptist Church's Putnam City High School fan club, hands out orange carnations to individuals prior to the Aug. 31 PC game against Putnam City North at Putnam City Stadium. [Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman]

Sitting in the bleachers again not only reminded me of my own high school days watching from the sidelines but also the times I watched my oldest son play high school football. There's just something about being out there with the crowd, the tense moments (will they win or lose?), the easy camaraderie among the parents and other die-hard supporters -- there's nothing else like it.

I'll be back out there soon to continue the Friday Night Rites series about Cherokee Hills' fan club.

Can't wait.

Friday Night Rites, Sept. 16: "Memorial Kickoff"

Click on the video link above for footage of the memorial tribute for Dylan.    

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor       

P.S. Look for me on the left of the picture with the youths walking along the track to place their carnations in the chest. The church had someone taking photos of the tribute and there I was ... Generally, I try to keep out of the stories and photos, but I got caught there.  

Friday Night Rites, Sept. 16: "Memorial Kickoff"

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

Related Photos
Orange carnations in a pirates' treasure chest are placed on the sidelines of the 43rd yard line prior to the PC v. PCN football game on Aug. 31 in honor of Dylan Collier, 16. [Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman]

Orange carnations in a pirates' treasure chest are placed on the sidelines of the 43rd yard line prior to the PC v. PCN football game on Aug. 31 in honor of Dylan Collier, 16. [Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman]

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