“Why We Tailgate”

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Friday, August 28th marked Byrd’s first home football game of the year, and what a great way to start off the season! The Yellow Jackets secured two back-to-back landslide wins against Fairpark in the varsity and JV games. “The team played a lot better than we did last week, regardless of who we were lined up against,” said Tysen Hardman, starting varsity running back for the jackets. “We’re proud of this win.” 

As always, the festivities began right after school let out Friday afternoon with the unofficial Flag Runner tailgate. Music, dancing, and yard games made up the familiar atmosphere that Friday. “School spirit is the most important thing at Byrd,” says Senior Flag Runner Kayne Lynn. “The tailgates get us ready to cheer in the Hive, but more importantly shows everyone not in attendance what Byrd is all about.” And indeed these tailgates have been gaining more and more positive attention from the students, staff, and local media. Last season’s biggest tailgate, on the night of the Byrd vs. Shreve rival game, garnered the attention of local news station NBC 6. “It added a whole new energy when Kamady showed up from NBC,” says tailgate-goer Kaylee Toups. “The flag runners last year did an incredible job of building up school spirit and are off to a great start this season!”

Last Friday’s game against the Barbe Buccaneers offered a similar outcome for the Jackets. While a scary injury to player Cameron Jones on the first play shocked the crowd and hushed the Hive, the boys were able to bounce back, securing a double digit lead by the end of the first quarter and showing no signs of letting up. With a final score of 53-14, Byrd has definitely started the season off right. 

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