It was a historic homecoming for the Tazewell Bulldogs on Friday September 23, 2016 as they got a victory while playing with half the lights on in the second half. During the homecoming court presentation, half of the lights just shut off, leading to the team playing the entire second half of the game with just the visitor’s side lights on.
Quarterback T.J. Kitts said, “It was very surreal. We thought it would have a negative effect on our game but once we got on the field, it really didn’t make any difference at all. I know the fans had problems seeing but it didn’t really effect us.”
Not only did they play with less lighting, they also ran up the score board beating Rural Retreat 69 to 62.
Head Football Coach Shane Allen said, “We scored fourth most points, total combined points in a VHSL game, the most since 1925 in a regulation season game.”
Athletic Director Tom Keene isn’t exactly sure what happened to the lights. He tells us according to AEP, there was a wire in one of the light poles that burned in two.
Allen said, “After talking with our administration and coaches with Rural Retreat and their administration , we just felt that it would be better, we had enough light to be able to see to go ahead and finish that game that night.”
A game that will go down in history.
Kitts said, “It’s still great to be a part of a record breaking night.”
We are told crews with AEP will return back on Thursday September 29, 2016 to determine the problem. Thankfully, Tazewell’s next home game isn’t until October 21, 2016. The same thing happened last year when they played Rural Retreat only the game was away.