Players traded in there practice cleats for turf shoes
Head coach Octavia Jones (Blue) got his players familiar with the field
The patriots loved the look of the new and improved Hugh Mills Stadium
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Hugh Mills stadium now sports artificial turf, and the Dougherty county schools are quick to adjust.
Westover High School took buses over to Hugh Mills Thursday afternoon to try out the freshly laid turf.
Hugh Mills serves as the home stadium for the Patriots. Head coach Octavia Jones didn't want Friday night's opener versus Lee County to be the first time his guys saw the new field.
The Patriots tied up their turf shoes and broke in the field in Thursday evenings practice.
"Walking out here for the first time it's very beautiful," said coach Jones. "Really nice. I've always been an advocate of turf and I'm glad we were able to finally get it. The guys are excited about it. The whole community is excited about it. We're just ready to kick it off on tomorrow night."
Friday night they face Lee County to kick off the season. He knows the Trojans are used to the turf, but he is hoping being at home will even the odds.
"Of course they already have turf so I'm pretty sure they've been practicing on their turf so they may have an advantage there," said Jones. "But we just hope the people here in the good life city come out and support us and give us that 12th man."
Westover will attempt to avenge the 13-0 loss they suffered to Lee County in last season's nationally televised opener.