high school football: Huron and Lincoln to be featured on 'Local 4 Friday Football Frenzy'
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Apparently, we're not the only ones who think highly of the rivalry.
On Thursday, Detroit's Local 4 (WDIV) announced the game will be its Friday Football Frenzy Game of the Week.
For winning the vote, a special pep rally will be held at Huron High School Friday morning at 5:30 a.m. Local 4’s Ashlee Baracy will be on hand to host the rally and the station will also be there during the game and will air highlights during the 11 p.m. news.
The game garnered 14,664 (74.6 percent) of the 19,660 total votes on the television station's online poll. The next closest game in the poll had just 1,020 votes.
Lincoln coach and interim athletic director Chris Westfall said he noticed the game was in third place on the poll on Monday and made a post on Twitter trying to rally votes. He said the game had an additional 1,000 votes within an hour of the tweet
“Our fan base is crazy, they’ll make sure we win every time,” Westfall said.
Westfall said Local 4 invited the Lincoln students to come to the morning pep rally as well. He initially accepted and tweeted out the information, but Lincoln students will not be attending the rally.
"That was a mistake and a miscommunication between me and Channel 4 because we hadn't even had the discussion with Huron yet and that's my fault," Westfall said. "After a discussion with (Huron athletic director) Dottie (Davis) we're not (attending the rally). We don't want to infringe on anything they're doing over there."
Huron athletic director Dottie Davis is happy to have the chance to showcase Huron athletics on such a big stage.
“It’s very exciting because we are one of the few Friday night games this Labor Day weekend,” Davis said. “The kids are excited and we’ve sent out emails and facebooks and twitters. We’ve done a lot of special things to get them out here tomorrow.
“For an athletic director it’s almost impossible to get your local community here within 24-48 hours.”
Putting together the rally with so little time has been a difficult task for Davis, who said in the future she would like to see WDIV announce the winners a week in advance so the schools have enough time to properly promote the event.
Still, Davis said she doesn’t think she’ll have a problem getting people there tomorrow morning.
“If you tell the kids that they could be on TV, they’ll all show up,” Davis joked. “They all want to get their faces seen."
Click here for last year's pep rally video.
--Pete Cunningham contributed to this article.