Barrow Journal sports editor Chris Bridges made these observations as the start of the 2012 high school football season arrived Friday night.
•5:45 p.m.: There is already plenty of activity at Panther Stadium as the Winder-Barrow High School and Jackson County Comprehensive High School football teams prepare for the 2012 season opener. Concessions are being prepared. The playing surface at Panther Stadium features a lush green playing appearance highlighted with white, red and black paint. The stadium bleachers, located on the home side only, reach two levels high. The blue sky behind the stadium seats makes for a scenic backdrop dotted with a few, small white clouds. A song by The Rolling Stones plays over the loud speakers.
•5:53 p.m.: WBHS student managers arrive on the visitor’s sideline with water coolers. Bulldogg assistant coaches bring headsets and other equipment to be used later that night.
•5:56 p.m.: WBHS head coach David Wagner is observed overlooking the playing surface from a hill above the right end zone.