Sterling Heights Community Steps Up To Help Clear Snow For High School Football

WWJ News
November 15, 2019 - 3:44 pm

STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) - Maintenance crews at some local high schools had their work cut out for them this week, thanks to the record snow.  

When questions were raised as to whether Sterling Heights Stevenson's Runkel Field would be ready for tonight's football playoff game, coach Justin Newcomb says the community came through to help clear about a foot of snow.

"They rounded up 20 groundsmen and supervisors to get together. They got four small tractors; they got plows and ATVs," Newcomb told WWJ's Tony Ortiz. "We had this whole community come together to clean bleachers, the press box and the field. It was a really neat sight to see."

"You know, the common theme was it's not just a football game they're getting ready for," Newcomb said. "You got a night when, you know, it's band, it's cheer, it's dance, it's alumni coming back. It's really a special event here in this community, and everybody just seemed to pitch in to get the field playable and ready."

The Stevenson team had to win the last couple of weeks of the regular season just to sneak into the playoffs, and now they're in the regional finals. 

Newcomb said it's been a challenge preparing for the big game, as they had to practice indoors for a couple of days.

"The first time we were able to get back outside was yesterday," he said. "But, you know, every team's got to go through this, and if you made it this far, every team's gotta deal with it, so it's just part of our preparation."

Stevenson's game vs. Cass Tech kicks off at 7 p.m. 

Some of the other games set for Friday include Utica Eisenhower playing Davison at Ortonville Brandon, Livonia Churchill plays at Walled Lake Western, University of Detroit Jesuit plays at Detroit King and Port Huron plays at Birmingham Seaholm. 

The winners advance to the semi-finals.