High school football teams plan special activities this weekend
Putnam County high school football teams began practice on Monday for the regular season, which begins with the first night of games on Aug. 19.
All four schools have special events planned, with one school's activities planned for Friday and the others on Saturday.
Here is a look at each:
* North Putnam -- The North Putnam Quarterback Club will sponsor a hog roast and scrimmage on Friday.
The Navy/Orange scrimmage including youth, middle school and varsity players begins at 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear their Cougar gear and bring noisemakers and signs.
The dinner/program begins at approximately 7 p.m. following the scrimmage.
Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 12-and-under and includes a sandwich, chips, baked beans, dessert and water.
Fans will be able to meet players, coaches and fellow Cougar fans, get season schedules and the latest football fan apparel and order football signs for their yards.
Other special activities include a 50-50 raffle, face painting with NP cheerleaders, a NP football photo booth and a $5 football-themed paint station.
All proceeds go to benefit NP football.
* Greencastle -- The Tiger Cubs will have its Purple and Gray scrimmage at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Greencastle Football Parents Club requests that attendees bring boxes of granola or energy bars to the game as admission.
The GFPC plans to provide after-school nutrition again this year for Tiger Cubs players, according to the group's Facebook page, and considers those items an "integral component" of the team's daily nutrition.
* South Putnam -- The Eagles will have their annual Blue and White scrimmage on Saturday with numerous special activities on tap.
A pitch-in dinner will start at 5 p.m. in the SPHS cafeteria, followed by the annual scrimmage at 6:15 p.m. featuring teams from youth league through varsity. Families are asked to bring a covered dish and table service for the dinner.
Photos will also be taken and sold to benefit the Mark Wildman Leadership Award/Scholarship Fund. Cost is $10 for an 8x10 photo, and orders will be taken at the Quarterback Club concession stand.
Eagles' coach Nathan Aker considers the evening's activities as "unique" because of the many activities taking place.
"Our night ends with the youth kids running plays against our high school defense," he said. "It is a sight to see."
* Cloverdale -- The Clovers will have scrimmages for every team from youth leagues through the varsity squad on Green and White Day.
The scrimmages begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
All four teams will be in action on Aug. 19, with Cloverdale hosting South Putnam, Greencastle hosting Crawfordsville and North Putnam playing at Cascade.
In other football news:
* Greencastle parent club dinner/auction set -- On Aug. 13, the Greencastle Football Parents Club will hold a dinner and silent auction from 6-9 p.m. at the Putnam County Fairgrounds Community Building.
Tickets are $10 and include dinner by Almost Home. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30.
Silent Auction bidding begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. A disc jockey will be playing music from 6-9 p.m.
This will be the fifth year for a kick-off party and silent auction. More than 150 people are expected to attend, and the goal is to raise $10,000 to assist the team to raise money for both practice equipment and player protective equipment.
Sample auction items include: Grill, picnic table, Notre Dame tickets, Purdue tickets, portable canopy/tent, jewelry, Scentsy, homemade toffee, power tools, lawn trimmer, Apple TV, oil change certificates, dinner certificates, Embassy Suites hotel stay, T&T Nails certificate, Colts signed football, Crew car washes, custom firepit, Tiger Cub signed helmets, Wabash helmet, college gear, silver coins and much more.
Check out the items on The Tigers Den Facebook page.
Tickets are available in advance from Pam Carrington at Dave's Heating & Cooling, Melissa Winslow at Collins Evans Real Estate, Joetta Scanland at Jack's Trash or by contacting a GHS football player.
Tickets can also be purchased at Saturday's Purple and Gray intrasquad football scrimmage.
The organization was established in 2015 to provide financial support for the equipment needs of the Greencastle Football program and to engage parents and community members in the football program.