Gordo High School is preparing a newly renovated football stadium for the season opener

By WVUA 23 sports reporter Tatumn Vaught

Although 2020 has been difficult for all athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gordo High School had even more problems when it was forced to play all of its home games at Pickens County High School after quitting. ‘a huge chasm opened up in the middle of their land.

“We’ve had drainage issues for a while, and that’s one of the things we wanted to be able to fix,” said Gordo Football head coach Ryan Lolley. “It took a group effort to do it, without a doubt. “

The community began renovating Libby Hankins Field after the 2019 season and completed the final touches a week before its home opener. Brand new grass and redone asphalt are just a few of the renovations around the stadium, but a final clean-up of the working day allowed the community to come together once again ahead of the big game.

“We wanted to have the best possible place for our students,” Lolley said. “That’s what it’s about, kids, and representing our community in the right way. Just being able to come here at Libby Hankins Field in front of a home crowd is going to be a special feeling, let’s say it won’t be a little emotional.

Gordo proved they are still a team to be reckoned with when they beat the Oakman Wildcats 29-7 last Friday in their home opener. Obviously, the change of scenery in Pickens County didn’t affect the Greenwave much last season, as they still reached the Class 4A State Championship game and finished the season with an overall record. from 14-2. However, the community and the team were more than happy to be back on their home turf.

“Gordo has always had good support and following, no matter where we play, whether it’s home or away,” said Rusty Adams, parent of Gordo. “Our community is great for supporting all of our athletes. “

With these all-new renovations and a roster of all-stars, the Greenwave will be tough to beat this season, but it looks like they’ve already taken a win just by being home.

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