PN-G faithful turn out for Turkey Day tradition: Football practice
On a chilly Thanksgiving morning, the Port Neches-Groves community lined their lawn chairs down the track at Indian Stadium to watch their football team practice one final time before the players face Lindale High School in the second round of playoffs Friday night.
It was the third consecutive year that PN-G had the opportunity to practice on Thanksgiving and the fourth time in coach Brandon Faircloth’s tenure.
“I think it’s awesome for them to sit on the field and watch us practice,” Faircloth said. “Thanksgiving is all about family and that’s what PN-G is. We are just a big family and it’s a chance for all of us to get together and nothing brings together PN-G more than football does.”
The Indians can mark off one of their preseason goals of practicing on Thanksgiving. It’s a privilege, they know, because other team’s have already seen their season end.
The PN-G booster club provided players and fans with kolaches, doughnuts, muffins, water and coffee during the practice.
Hundreds of fans came out to show their support at the 8:30 a.m. practice. They wore their PN-G shirts and hats.
“This has been a constant thing that we have done for the last three years,” said Ronald Johnson, father of quarterback Roschon Johnson. “We want to come out and support the kids and let them know that we are behind them. It’s very unique because this time of the year you don’t have schools still playing.”
Fan support can give a player or team an extra boost during the playoffs.
“It means a lot,” senior defensive back Kade Martin said. “I just like seeing my family come out and support each other when we have something going on.”
PN-G’s football team can also expect community support Friday night at NRG Stadium in Houston. A line for tickets during the Thanksgiving practice saw a steady flow of purchasers.
PN-G defeated Texas City 24-17 at NRG Stadium the day after Thanksgiving last season and will look to extend that winning streak in their game against Lindale.