LUMBERTON — The Lumberton High School football team hosted its annual Midnight Madness event on Friday night into Saturday morning, celebrating the beginning of the 2015 season.
The first official day of practice was Saturday, but Lumberton got a head start in order to give its fans a taste of Pirate football before the Battle of the Carolinas Jamboree on Aug. 13. The event will feature eight teams from North and South Carolina.
Hundreds of people piled into Alton G. Brooks Stadium to get a sneak peek at the varsity and junior varsity squads, watching the team participate in drills while the cheerleading squad and music enhanced the experience.
The Fairmont High School football team held a similar event to kick off its August practice schedule.
The Golden Tornadoes did individual work in their respective skill positions and worked on some team drills throughout the three hour portion of their first practice. The varsity and junior varsity squads were only in shoulder pads and helmets, but the energy level was high.
The team then took a break to enjoy some food before its first official practice at midnight. The Golden Tornadoes practiced for a little over an hour into the early morning.
The team will recovene on Monday.
Other high schools, including Red Springs, Purnell Swett, South Robeson and St. Pauls, waited until the sun was up Saturday morning to begin their practices.
Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.