Gordo High School prepares newly renovated football stadium for season opener
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Although 2020 was difficult for all athletics because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gordo High School had even more issues when they were forced to play all their home games at Pickens County High School after a massive sinkhole opened up in the center of their field.
“We’ve had some drainage issues for quite a while, and that was one of the things we wanted to be able to fix,” said Gordo football head coach Ryan Lolley. “It’s taken a group effort to do that, no doubt.”
The community began renovating Libby Hankins Field following the 2019 season and completed the final touches a week before their home opener. Brand new turf and resurfaced asphalt are just some of the renovations made around the stadium, but a final workday clean-up allowed the community to come together once more before the big game.
“We wanted to have the best place we could possibly have for our students,” Lolley said. “That’s what it’s all about, is the kids, and to represent our community in the right way. Just to be able to come out here on Libby Hankins Field in front of a home crowd is going to be a special feeling, say it won’t be a little touch emotional.”
Gordo proved they’re still a team to be reckoned with when they defeated the Oakman Wildcats 29-7 last Friday in their home opener. Obviously, the change of scenery at Pickens County didn’t affect the Greenwave much last season, as they still made it to the Class 4A State Championship game and ended the season with a 14-2 overall record. However, the community and team were beyond excited to be back on their home turf.
“Gordo has always had a good support and good following no matter where we play, if it’s at home or away,” Rusty Adams, Gordo parent said. “Our community is great at supporting all our athletes.”
With these brand-new renovations and an all-star roster, the Greenwave is going to be hard to beat this season, but it seems like they’ve already gotten a win by just being back home.