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Local town wants its own Friday Night Lights

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 9/23/2013 10:50 pm
HOULKA, Miss. (WTVA)-- The town of Houlka is trying to help the local high school build a football stadium.

It has never been done before, and the town has only had a football team for about six years.

Already, there are signs of construction with markers and even some culvert work underway.

Right now, the team plays its home games in Okolona. 

"I love having it here near the baseball fields, because I play baseball too and it fills you with pride knowing we've got stuff coming," said Sawyer Byers, a football player.

"It feels you with pride knowing they're working on the field trying to get it for us and everything," said another player.

Residents are raising money to get the project finished so the players can take the field under their own Friday Night Lights by next season.

"This community, this school, this town, and they're all coming together. We want a field. That's our goal," said Gay Williams , a Houlka Football booster.

City and county leaders are also pitching in to help the school raise the money.

"We're all pushing hard on this and, as you can see, we're getting started on it. Hopefully, some more donations will come and we can continue to go further with it," said Houlka Mayor Jimmy Kelly.

"We've had an auction in the past and some different things. We'll keep things ongoing until we get it done," replied Houlka School Superintendent Betsy Collums. 

"Right now, I can tell you with the groundwork,the culverts, the fence, and the sod you know, that's about $20,000. And, then you're looking at lights and the whole nine yeards. We need some donations and we need some help," said Gay Williams.

Seating will depend on how much money can be raised.

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