The Britton-Hecla football team was escorted down Britton’s Main Street by emergency vehicles and cheered on by fans standing in the snow on Friday afternoon as the squad left for its semifinal game with Warner.
Halloween is past, but Britton will likely look a bit like a ghost town on Thursday.
That is the day that the Britton-Hecla football team travels to the Dakota Dome in Vermillion to battle unbeaten Corsica-Stickney for the Class 9A state championship at 7:30 a.m., and many area residents are planning to make the trip down I-29 to cheer on the Braves.
Coach Pat Renner’s crew downed Warner 24-20 in a semifinal contest on Friday to earn a shot at the school’s second state football crown. The Britton High School squad downed Gregory 33-23 to win the Class 11B title in 2001 and also competed for state honors in 1992 in Class 9A but lost to Alpena-Woonsocket.
Activities are planned to send the team off to the title game and also to welcome them home. No classes will be held at the Britton-Hecla School on
Thursday or Friday.
A pep fest will be held in the Britton-Hecla Arena at 2:45 p.m. today (Wednesday). The community is welcome and members of the 2001 and 1992 teams are encouraged to come and wear their jerseys if possible.
On Thursday at 11 a.m. a Main Street send-off is planned. The team bus, accompanied by flashing lights and sirens from emergency vehicles, will leave the school and travel south on Main Street to Vander Horck Avenue. Area residents are encouraged to line Main Street and cheer on the squad.
Those not able to travel to Vermillion will also have the opportunity to view the game live-streamed on the big screen at the Strand Theatre.
Plans call for the theatre to host a tailgating event at 5 p.m. Sponsors from Hecla including The Last Drop, Frohling Quality Meats and the City of Hecla, and from Britton including Britton Reality - Sandy Gresh, Better Body Massage - Sarah Grupe, and Ken’s Superfair Foods will provide hotdogs, brats, and BBQ’s.
During the tailgate the Strand Theatre will also show the semifinal win over Warner on the big screen with the live streaming of the championship game starting at 7:30 p.m.
Everything is free to the public with a free-will donation for the game and tailgate accepted. Concessions will be open all evening for refreshments.
The championship game will also be broadcast on South Dakota Public Television.
A Welcome Home celebration is also planned for the team on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Arena. The public is welcome to attend.