Friday afternoon: the sun burned into the backs of M-A's varsity football players as they warmed-up to be facing their next opponent, Terra Nova. In the audience, unwilling PE students gathered in the stands, anticipating the bell to dismiss them. However, after the bell, some students came to watch and the M-A football team ended the afternoon with a victorious score of 30-8.
Sophomore pep band student Liana Burfoot understands the neighbor perspectives, but, in addition, wishes that she didn't' have to miss class as well. "It’s kind of early, but like I understand that the people who live nearby may not have a choice to live where they are. I can see why they [neighbors] are mad at us but I’m also missing valuable class time,” she said. Evening games are a popular option for students;however, some students prefer afternoon games or the option of having the games earlier.
A sophomore student believes there could be a compromise: moving the call time later, but being able to end the game earlier; preventing late night noise. She said, "...from a student perspective, I think maybe if they push the call time later, it would be easier for most of us." The main problem that emerges is missing class, but the atmosphere of a night game makes the experience more exciting and suspenseful.
The rush of adrenaline isn't necessarily all gone at an afternoon football game, thanks to the 12th Man Club, however, the first quarter audience benches were filled with PE students forced to attend, waiting for the final bell to ring. Pep Band participant, Katya Rivera, expressed her excitement for the games: “Some people are very into it, and I enjoy that a lot, in which makes the experiences more memorable.” Another student audience member added, “I think it is more fun with the bright lights and the people. It’s called Friday Night Lights for a reason.” The idea of Friday Night Lights tends to resonate with students more, most students enjoying the atmosphere and intensity of a night football game. Waller said, “The fun of going to a night football game is the fact that it's at night." The feeling of an afternoon game is just not the same.