Things To Know About Football Games

Ryan Betchel, 12, cheers holding a texas flag in the student section. (Madison Gonzales photo)

Ryan Betchel, 12, cheers holding a texas flag in the student section. (Madison Gonzales photo)

Zach Planche, Staff Writer

Everything is bigger in Texas, including high school football. Stadiums worth thousands of dollars draw in thousands of fans to watch high schoolers play. Take part in this culture at Legacy to become part of something bigger than just a football game. But part of the whole student body. Here’s the 411 on everything a person should know about football games.

Schedule
The schedule for the varsity football team is here. The team begins their 19-20’ season in the “Border Brawl” versus Jenks. The team is from Jenks, Oklahoma and beat the Broncos last year 35-14. To enter the game, tickets are available from the bookkeeper at Legacy, on the website Eventbrite or on game day at the stadium (but the tickets may cost an extra few dollars). 

Student Section
All students are welcome in the student section. The majority of students stand the whole game and cheer on their Broncos. In the section, most people stand, but those who sit are fine, and the most ‘electric’ fans scream for their team all night long. There are some traditions students do every game such as the “Lion”, or bags of flour at the “Black Out game.

Concessions
All stadiums have multiple concession stands for students and parents to purchase drinks and food like hotdogs and nachos. Get to the lines before the game because at halftime the lines are 10s of people long. Occasionally, the stand will have a special item that students enjoy like chicken sandwiches from Golden Chick. 

Location
Mansfield ISD home games take place at two different stadiums, Vernon Newsom and R.L. Anderson. The stadiums’ addresses are 3700 East Broad Street (Newsom) and 1016 Magnolia Street (R. L. Anderson). Show up early to get a good parking spot, games can get packed and R.L. Anderson has limited parking spaces (compared to Vernon Newsom). 

Clubs
At football games, there is more going on than meets the eye. Students and their parents from different organizations run the concession stand, Bronco Brigade runs flags down the field when the players enter, photographers take pictures, drill team and color guard perform during halftime shows and the band plays throughout the game. 

Basics
To receive the most from the experience, you should understand football. Two teams of eleven players get on the field with the ultimate goal of scoring points by touchdowns or field goals. The team on offense gets 4 “tries” to advance at least 10 yards toward the end zone to reset to a “first down.” If they fail, the offense and defense switch and the other team gets their chance to score points. When a team scores, they kick the ball to the other side of the field for the other team and the process begins again.

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