The Booneville Bearcats closed out their second week of practice with their second debut, and it didn’t require being out after midnight to see it.
A little less than a week since donning full pads for the first time, the Bearcats this week exited the Rippy Fieldhouse in their new home uniforms.
The standard purple jersey has white numerals which are trimmed in the traditional old gold. Across the front the threads also have “Booneville” spelled in all capitals, also in white and trimmed in gold. The sleeves have white and gold stripes and the white game pants have Cats written in purple on the left thigh.
They wore them as seniors took on the fifth and sixth grade Booneville Youth Sports teams and the rest of the roster taking on the third and fourth grade club players on the opposite end of the practice field.
The event, which includes a helmet run through, stretching drills and scrimmage action was held for the 12th straight year so some players have been involved in the “games” as many as 10 times.
In most cases Friday the older players’ uniform wasn’t quite complete. The exception was Brandon Ulmer, whose purple helmet had its Bearcat decals on the side and the back of the headgear had his number 11, awain in white and trimmed in gold, on it.
For anyone who may have missed the last two events, you have an additional chance before the regular season to see the Bearcats in their purple and old gold as they host Dardanelle for a preseason scrimmage Thursday night at Bearcat Stadium.
The senior high teams will start play about 7 after a junior high scrimmage at 6, according to Bearcat head coach Scott Hyatt. Schedules in which state the Junior High Bearcats will face Charleston in a preseason scrimmage on Aug. 23 are inaccurate, Hyatt said.
The Bearcats will open the 2018 season on Aug. 24 with Clarksville visiting. The Junior High Bearcats, who also made their debut at the practice field with a Purple-Gold game, will open their season on Aug. 30 with Ozark at Bearcat Stadium.