Ryan Medley ‘17 – A change is coming to Romeo Football this fall. A change that has been highly anticipated. When the bulldogs run onto the field this fall it will no longer be on the grass. No more ends to fourth quarter with players covered in mud from head to toe. The players are adding a shiny new piece of equipment this fall and a new era of Romeo Bulldog Football will begin. Just two years removed from a Division 1 State Championship victory against powerhouse Detroit Cass Tech and only a year removed from advancing all the way to the State Semifinals, Romeo football is flying high coming off the two most successful years in Romeo Football history.
Over the course of many years, a bond to improve Barnabo Stadium has been denied twice. After one final attempt, it was passed, delighting many. The community plays as one of the best, therefore our facilities should be nothing short of the best.
“I’m feeling good for next season. We have good pieces all around. It’s going to be pretty cool to kick off a new era at Romeo after having grass forever,” Nate Goralski 18’ said.
The turf is so exciting. But for many, including myself, the grass will be missed as well as what it meant to Romeo Football.
“I know the grass has been a mental edge for us. Teams have shown up and looked half defeated just after walking on it. Part of our team motto is our toughness and grit and our competitiveness and I hope the turf doesn’t change that. I hope our team can keep that mental approach,” Coach Reinas said.
Although many will miss the grass, I am sure everyone will learn to love the turf very quickly. Construction is now in full swing and this fall, Barnabo should be packed awaiting the first game on the turf.