Osgood Journal Sports
August 11, 2009

Celebratory ribbon cutting officially opens newly renovated
Milan High School football field for 2009 season action

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer
Friday evening, August 7, was for Milan football enthusiast, the marking of the 3rd annual Black/Gold player & coach introductions and inter squad scrimmages for teams from grades K-12.
Beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m., the showcasing of players and coaches followed a brief celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony in recognition of the recently completed MHS football field rennovation.
Once the ribbon cutting was officially behind them, the evenings field entertainment began with the "C" Team, (ages 5-7).
Each team, black, then gold, was given the opportunity to run ten consecutive offensive plays, with the "B" and "A" teams following suit as their turn on the field came around.
Progressing from the youngest players upward, the seventh and eighth grade players took to the field for their inner squad action, culminating with action by the MHS varsity.
The tribe proudly hits the field this season with not only a newly renovated football field with newly laid sod and a sprinkler system installed, but with strong desire and determination to make this a triumphant year in victory performances as well as enjoy the return of thirteen seniors to the squad.
A beautiful summer evening with temperatures in the upper 70's, a slight breeze and often overcast skies allowed fans to enjoy the specialness of the evening.
Announcing from the booth, Marty Layden acknowledged the fine work done prior to the field's opening in marking the field by line crew Chris Schmaltz and Charlie Baylor.
The tribe travels to Eastern (Pekin) for a scrimmage on Friday, August 14 with a 7 p.m. kickoff, then return home for their MHS hosted season opening game against Northeastern on Friday, August 21 @ 7 p.m.

Represeentatives from each of the Milan organized K-12 football teams held the ribbon for the official ribbon cutting by Mrs. Shawna Brandes, (Pres ident of "Friends of Milan Football") to officially open the newly renovated MHS Football Field for the 3rd Annual Black/Gold coach and player introductions. Joining her were FOMF treasurer Heidi Becher and Coach Langferman's son Trenton.