This week, Red Jacket football is set to make history, win or lose, when they take on rival Clyde-Savannah. 

For the first time ever, they’re hosting a game under Friday night lights. 

“I got goosebumps right now just talking about it,” said Travis Liberty, Red Jacket senior quarterback. “I didn’t think I would ever be able to play under the lights at Red Jacket.”

“We’ve always joked around saying we should take the throughway lights and put them on here,” said Jacob Keely, Red Jacket senior lineman.

Red Jacket doesn’t have lights on their field, so home games have always been played on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. 

For the last year, a plan has been in the works. The school rented lights this Friday to give their student athletes and community something to remember. 

“You know their parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles who have all watched or played football here before so it’ll be a very special night for the whole family atmosphere here we try and create,” Josh Henninger, Red Jacket head coach.

The athletic department and booster club split the cost to rent the lights for Friday, but the community and local businesses raised money to put the lights up Thursday so the team could practice at night.

“It really speaks to our family atmosphere in town, we’re not just a group of families, we one big family.” said Keely. 

“My dad grew up here,” said Liberty. “He played RJ football, they’ve been talking about renting lights all the way back then and to finally be able to do it now that shows that those people just stick with you.

“It still feels like a dream it’s so special playing under the lights,” said Keeley.