Mountain View’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ to honor lost heroes
August 5, 2017
By Allison Evans
The Mountain View High School football team will host a community event called “Friday Night Lights” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18 on the Coach Jesse Parker Field. This event is free for community members and Toro families to attend.
“We are providing this fun event to bring the community together during the football team’s bye week,” Susie Eastwood, football booster chair member said. “This is all about community fun and support!”
During the event, the Toros will unveil new uniforms, a new scoreboard and the highly anticipated Toro Tunnel. The scoreboard is sponsored by six alumni who played for the late Coach Jesse Parker. The field was named in his honor last year, and this is the perfect night to unveil it to the community.
The Toro tunnel is sponsored by Falcon Air Conditioning and several young men in the community. The men donated funds in honor of John “Ole” MacQueen. Ole was a retired police officer who became a mentor and surrogate grandfather to the young men after he met them at a local cafe years ago. He attended their sporting events and family gatherings. He taught many of them how to drive, had meaningful discussions with them and encouraged them to do well in school and in life.
Upon Ole’s passing, many of the boys decided to honor his legacy and donated funds for the Toro Tunnel. Although most of “Ole’s Boys” have graduated and will never have the chance to run through the tunnel as a player, they wanted their fellow Toros to have the opportunity to become familiar with Ole.
“Ole was a great example that we can all learn from and he saw us for our potential,” one of Ole’s boys, Louis Huyter, said. When asked why he wanted to donate this tunnel in Ole’s honor, Michael Anthony, another young man who built a relationship with Ole, said, “It will give the players something to play for and it feels like he is still there.” Preston Wright added: ”He taught us to invest in others and yourself.”
Friday Night Lights will provide many events for all family members including interactive drills with players, a 7-on-7 hamster ball game and performances by the MVT pom, cheer and band. Food trucks will include: Boca Taqueria, Seven Brothers Burgers, Sodalicious, Hot Cookie Truck and Kona Shave Ice.
To raise funds during the event, the Booster Club is selling $25 family-of-four dinner tickets that will include an entry in the Cow Chip Bingo Game. The dinner is sponsored in part by Caldwell County BBQ and the Bing Game is sponsored by the Slim Hatch Herd. If one of the cows “plops” on your square first, you win $1,000, second place wins $500 and third place $250. Purchase tickets in advance at torofootball.com. Grid numbers will be randomly drawn as tickets are purchased. Winners do not need to be present to win.
Please join Mountain View’s “Friday Night Lights” for music, food and fun and to celebrate our community. For more information, please contact Allison Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.