The Madison County football team will host Culpeper County in its first home game of the year Friday.
The Mountaineers will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony and pep rally before the game to officially open the new bleachers at Eddie Dean Field.
They will also celebrate the home opener with Mountaineer Fest from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, which will feature a Mechanical Bull, Barrel Train, Moon Bounces, face painting, and other events.
The 1973 Madison County state championship team will be honored at 6:50 PM.
Skydivers will arrive with the game ball at 7:20 PM, followed by fireworks, and the kickoff at 7:30 PM.
Culpeper is on the road for the first time tonight.
The Blue Devils beat Charlottesville 31-0 last week, until it was determined Culpeper used an ineligible player, which gave the forfeit win to the Black Knights.
The Blue Devils are now 0-2 on the season.
Madison played its first game last week, losing 26-23 at Luray.
The Mountaineers fell behind early, and then came back, only to lose in overtime.
Head coach Stuart Dean says that game was a big wake-up call.
"Last week we got a rude awakening," says Dean. "We weren't quite ready to play at game speed. It took us a while to get going, and it turned into a heck of a dogfight with Luray. They came up with the win in overtime."
Senior Ashton Weakley says, "If that doesn't motivate you, nothing will. Driving that far, losing in overtime, and then that drive back. Most definitely."
Culpeper head coach Ken Wakefield says, "This is our first road game, and we can't get caught up in any of the things that are going on outside of the game. Big crowd, all the hoo-rah here and there. We just have to focus at the task at hand to be successful."
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