Blue Devils On Radio
By Ryan Lazo
Sep 11, 2013, 08:33
HOPEWELL — As a fan of a team, one dreads the moments where you cannot watch the game either live or at the stadium. But for those professional teams and some college ones, fans can either follow the game live through stats or watch highlights after.
However, that is not the case for high school football where pride in a school can fostered not just through friends and families of players, but throughout the community. A fan has no way to review what happened during a game nor have any other way to watch it live without being at the stadium in person.
But that has changed for fans of the Blue Devils’ varsity football team.
For the second consecutive year, Hopewell High School has made it their mission to allow their fans to have access to games even when not being able to be at Merner Field for the action.
It was announced last week, Hopewell High School and Fox Sports Radio 1340-AM have renewed their partnership to broadcast the entire season of varsity Blue Devils’ games. This partnership includes both home and away games, giving access rarely seen for high school teams.
“It’s great for our community here in Hopewell,” Blue Devils’ head coach Ricky Irby said. “They love their sports and for them to be able to access and hear us play is tremendous. I know how important it is to a lot of our fans. I only wish we were able to play a little better and give them a win Friday night.”
And for those listeners who tuned into the season-opener last week at Grafton, they heard the way a young defense provided some promise while an offense struggled to get into a rhythm. It didn’t help senior quarterback Brandon Scott left the game in the first quarter for injury, but the team is excited for Friday’s home-opener.
They sense a positive about a defense that held a talented Grafton squad at bay throughout the game, and was able to rotate six different players along the defensive line, giving them key experience for the rest of the season.
But the team is also excited to welcome back Tabyus Taylor to the starting lineup as he returns after dealing with personal issues. Taylor is anxious to suit up on Friday night, but he also likes the idea of the community being able to support Hopewell in a different medium.
“I like it,” the second-team all-district wide receive said. “I know everyone will listen and if we start winning, more people will come out to support us.”
Support is the biggest key word used.
This radio broadcast deal would not have happened without the strong community support the Blue Devils’ receive on a weekly basis. It’s an area that does not go unnoticed by one of the leaders of the defense, Jarvezz Brown.
“There’s nothing like playing at home,” Brown said of the opener. “I’m excited to go out and play in front of our fans.”
“It’s a small-town and they support us every time we take the field,” Irby added.
And due to the partnership with Fox Sports Radio, that’s now possible during away games as well, adding another level of intimacy between community and team as they aim to exceed expectations and make noise in the playoffs for the second consecutive season.