On Tuesday, November 15, Finley and Howard Junior High Football players and families attended the first annual F.I.R.E ceremony at The Avenue Church. F.I.R.E stands for Freshman Indian Rise Event. This ceremony is to celebrate bringing together the 8th grade teams from each junior high who are forming next year’s Freshman Indians.
The evening started with a welcome message from Indian Coach Jon Kitna and from Quarterback Club President Eric Starnater.
Players were given certificates of recognition in the following catagories:
Leaders on the Field, Most Aggressive, Dynamite Defenders, Most Improved, Leading Lineman, Best Sportsmanship, Top Scorers, Kicker Award, Warrior Award and Academic Excellence.
After the certificate presentation, both junior highs joined in the center to the room to become the Freshman Indians. Coach Kitna reflected upon the hard work expected of each and every Indian and the honor that comes with wearing an Indian jersey. And with that, each and every player was given the opportunity to wear a varsity jersey for the very first time.
Junior varsity Indians escorted the players outside to the fire pit area where Varsity players were waiting to welcome them into the Indian football family. Varsity players shared a few of the tenets of the Indian football program around the fire. The night ended with refreshments provided by the Finley and Howard Quarterback Club.