Scott City football gearing up for season opener, first game on new field

SCOTT CITY, Mo. (KBSI) – When the Scott City High School football team takes the field for its season-opener against Dexter on Friday, it will be their first game on the newly completed turf field. 

“Just super excited to get to show off our new field to all the fans and show everybody what we can do,” senior quarterback Devin Keller said. 

Head Coach Jim May said the Scott City community should be proud of this new facility. 

“It’s amazing. This is a testament to our community and our school and our administration,” he said. “This place is beautiful. It’s fun to practice on every day. I can’t wait to have a game under the lights. It’s just exciting. Hopefully the whole town shows up and is proud of what we’ve got going on out here because this is really, really nice. 

Mark Panagos, a do-everything athlete who started at quarterback last season after Devin Keller suffered a season-ending ankle injury, said this week at practice has the Rams ready to lock horns with Dexter. 

“Everybody worked hard, everybody was hitting, everybody was pumped up,” he said. “The coaches were a big part of everything this week, pushing us, making us better.” 

One noticeable thing about Scott City practices is the quick pace, which May said is by design. 

“We can fly around, and we don’t have to be out here a really long time,” May said. “We’re not the type of group that stays out here for three hours. We come out and have a set list that we’re going to get done, and we work hard and get it done.” 

That hard work will come to fruition Friday night. 

“We practice fast and we practice hard, so games seem easier, and you should enjoy them,” May said. “That’s what we do. We work hard all week to enjoy Friday night, and that’s the way you should approach it.” 

Kickoff for Friday’s game between Scott City and Dexter is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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