It was, without question, the most unique thing I've ever seen in terms of high school sports team entrances, and it was remarkably simple.
I've seen teams use smoke machines, lasers and even fireworks. I've heard music of just about every sort at varying volumes and to the point it was so loud I didn't want to keep my eyes open to watch what going on.
This was actually special.
A high school football team is actually a product of its community, more so than at any organized level. College football sees recruits move to campus from all over the country to play. Professional football sees players drafted or signed from other organizations and often live in their city of work only during the season.
Therefore, a prep football team has more in common with the people in the stands that at any level of any consequence. We can split hairs about pee-wee football or even middle school ball, but it can be argued that what many of the players at that level are being geared for is to wear the jersey of their local team on Friday nights.
That is what could be seen when players like Austin Hensley, Zach Pate, Jon Francis and Alex Wolford descended those stands and made their way to the field for the first game of their senior seasons, what ended in a 23-8 loss to visiting Huntington. It was clearly visible that these young men are a product of their community.
They were there among them right up until the moment before kickoff. The students in the stands patted their schoolmates on their shoulder pads as they passed. Parents hurriedly snapped pictures as their sons walked by, often oblivious to their family's presence as they prepared to engage in a violent game below, and as this developed, a sense was clear that the community was offering its best and brightest up as warriors in competition against another community.
It was the very essence of high school sports personified, and suddenly Metallica didn't seem so bothersome.
After all, I bought that album in 1991, when I was still a teenager.
Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.tay...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter @ItsreallyDT.