No matter how this football season turns out for Danville, it’s going to be a historic season for a program that has already claimed 10 state championships.
This is the 100-year anniversary of the first Danville football season, and that certainly is a feat worth celebrating because with consolidation of schools, few other football programs in the state can boast that they had a program 100 years ago as Danville did.
To kick off the 100-year celebration, Danville will have its own version of Meet the Admirals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Admiral Stadium, and the 100-year celebration will be part of the program.
There will be music, cornhole games, an inflatable slide and obstacle course for youngsters, a dunking booth — maybe Danville coach Sam Harp will jump in and give his players a chance to dunk him — and face painting by the cheerleaders. There will also be a punt, pass and kick contest in age divisions for those under 10 years old, along with a 40-yard dash.
Danville assistant coach Vaughn Little, who cooks for events across the state, will also have his pulled pork barbecue sandwiches for sale with proceeds going to the Bate Middle School football program.
Starting at 9 p.m., Danville Youth Football teams will be introduced, followed by the Bate cheerleaders, players and coaches. All high school players and coaches will make their appearances next.
The highlight of the event will be the premiere of the newest Danville football highlight film, “Ghost In Blue.” The film features Danville’s 10 state championship seasons as well as the three state runner-up seasons. Pre-orders for the film will be taken at the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic on Aug. 27, as well as at the Boyle County game Sept. 2.
However, for Danville fans, the real collector’s item will eventually be a DVD that Logan Young is compiling featuring a look back at the 100 years of Danville football. The Admirals have won 712 games, more than any team in Kentucky other than Highlands and Paducah Tilghman.
“It will be called a ‘Century of Tradition’ and I will have it finished and have a premiere by January. That way I can include the 100th season,” said Young. “I will probably break it down by decade and will have music from each decade laying as well as any audio I¿have from those years. It should be very cool and will have pictures of fans, band, parades, cheerleaders, managers, action shots and casual player shots showing how special this town, small public school without a lot of money and football program are.”
He has been busy collecting pictures for months for the DVD and would like many, many more. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
“I need lots of pictures so it can be as personal to all of the community as possible,” Young said. “I am hoping people statewide with connections to Danville football can send me pictures. I can also scan old pictures and return them.”
Maybe this 100-year project is part of the reason for a resurgence of interest in Danville football.
“There is a group of parents of future Admirals that want to bring back the old homecoming traditions: a game where we invite all football alumni to tailgate, pep rallies before each game, send-offs in the parking lot for away games,” Young said. “We are having a theme for each home game and the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic is ‘Bring Back the Blue Night’ to try to get people to wear as much blue as possible.”
That blue has been a big part of the “Century of Tradition” as Danville embarks on this historic season .