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Everyone with Rattler pride gathered at the high school on Saturday night to support their athletic teams and kickoff the upcoming school year. The barbeque and kickoff pep rally event was attended with a crowd of over one thousand.

The event started with all fans, players and coaches enjoying barbeque together in the school cafeteria. Available for purchase was that favorite piece of Rattlers merchandise to wear to games. There was also the chance to join the football booster club and volunteer to help at games. Then all fans and supporters clad in purple rolled into the auditorium to the tune of the Rattlers fight song.

Booster Club member Candie Walker said, “We are here to make sure our athletes have what they need, we want to take care of these kids. We really want all parents to participate this year.”

Head Football/Athletic Director Coach Steve Van Nest introduced himself then turned the event over to master of ceremonies Paul Kilby. He introduced fall athletes from cross county, volleyball, band, tennis, and football just to name a few.

There was also an appearance from the Rattler mascot as he sped around the court on his razor scooter. The cheerleaders and Diamond Line dancers also showed off all their hard work by performing a cheer and a dance routine.

Paul Kilby, Varsity Offensive Coordinator/Quarterback Coach said, “This first game versus Waco on Friday night will be a great early test for our team. They have great speed and tradition.” “The team from Waco was a 2006 finalist and last year they played toe to toe with Euless Trinity.”

Kilby also referenced the previous night scrimmage versus the always tough Tyler Lee Rebels. He said,”We lost 17-0, we struggled a little on offense but we saw great things, the defense really played well. The team from Waco is well coached and big.”

The Rattlers football team will begin action on Thursday with Freshman, Junior Varsity taking on the Lions from Waco and the varsity will hit 35 North to start the season on Friday night versus the same team.

from Staff Reports

The below pictures are courtesy of Beth Rasmussen

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