— By GREG WEBB
Hundreds of pledgers and spectators were on hand amidst a high-energy atmosphere on Thursday, as the immediate future of Weatherford football displayed the results of its on-going off-season work in the weight room. The Night of Champions Lift-A-Thon, using pledges from the community as the athletes’ incentive to lift as many pounds as possible, was organized to earn money to provide upgrades for WISD’s weight room equipment.
With Roo head football coach Weldon Nelms on the public address system and his staff setting up lifts at each station, the activity was brisk and the excitement was high as the freshmen, sophomore and junior footballers racked up the pounds.
Entering his second year as the catalyst to provide resurgence for the Roo football program, Nelms was pleased with the energy level of the event.
“We raised a little over $6,000 and we’re expecting more collections in the coming week,” Nelms said. “It was really a great night, with a great turnout.
“Our kids had a lot of fun and competed very well.”
The event served as a fitting precursor for the start of spring football sessions, slated to begin on April 29, culminating with the Annual Blue/White Spring Game on May 22.
“There has been a world of difference in our offseason work from last year’s level to this year,” Nelms said. “These kids have been working very hard and it’s really reflected by how much they have improved.
“We’re hoping we can provide an upgrade for our weight room facility to benefit not only our football teams, but all other Weatherford athletics.”
The Roo mantra of the next football season was displayed on the T-shirts of the Weatherford gridders — “Want more in Two Thousand One Four.”