We finally got past that pesky regional final round of the state high school football playoffs. You know, that round that’s been delayed because of all this pesky ice on the roads.
Ryan and Guyer played their respective regional final games yesterday in a “doubleheader” at North Texas’ Apogee Stadium (the Ryan game started at 3 p.m., Guyer at 7:30 p.m.)
Denton ISD Ken Purcell had great things to say about the folks at UNT and Derek Grice, the head of facilities at UNT.
As of Monday morning, this is what the field looked like:
And when I showed up to the stadium, the field looked like this:
Purcell flagged me down in the press box at Apogee and emphatically praised UNT and Grice.
“We started working Thursday on sites, when the storm blew in,” Purcell said. “And the University of North Texas has been super. Some people are a little bit bothered by the parking lots and the stands and all that. But yesterday, there was four inches of snow and ice on there. In fact, at 7 o’clock [Monday] morning, there were four inches of snow and ice on there.
“And I was out here and I watched them. They rented tractors and everything to make sure this field is playable, and I’m just amazed at how good this field looks.”
Guyer originally was going to play at Justin Northwest, but that game was moved to Apogee and was scheduled after the Ryan game. It was highly important to get the games in on Monday, because the UIL says five days must be between football games.
The UNT athletic department staff also scraped off a section of the bleachers on the student side of the stadium so fans could enjoy a couple of pretty good games.