New Prairie wins 16 Spirit Award for Week 2

Published: Aug. 26, 2016 at 10:46 PM EDT
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Not very often does the road team’s student section match the intensity of the home team. On Friday night, Clay had a great student section at Clay Field, but what was equally impressive was how big and loud the student body was cheering on the opponent—New Prairie.

The Cougars are known for their school spirit. They were--after all—the 16 Spirit School of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

And this week they accomplished a pair of rare feats. Not only were they one of the very few teams ever to be nominated as a spirit school as a road team, but they also dominated the voting to capture the 16 Spirit Award for week 2. Nearly 1,600 votes were cast with New Prairie winning with 37% of the vote. Mishawaka was 2nd at 21% followed by Laville (18%), Benton Harbor (14%) and Bremen (10%).

On Thursday, we presented New Prairie with a plaque and check for $100 from Monteith’s Best-One for showing the most school spirit on last week edition’s of Friday Night Football.

"Just seeing the whole crowd, and everyone's behind us and behind our football team, it just motivates us," explained senior lineman Jesse Williamson. "When we see everyone following us and coming wherever we go, every time we fill up the crowd, just really gets us going on the field and hypes us up."

New Prairie rolled to a 49-0 win over Clay to pick up their first win of the season. The Cougars host Andrean this Friday night. Andrean beat New Prairie twice last season. Andrean won the regular season meeting 30-19 and then knocked New Prairie out of the posteason 40-32 in the 1st round of sectionals.