Hightower Memorial Stadium in Altus is the only place in Oklahoma to see a high school football game tonight. The Altus High School Bulldogs will meet the Vernon Lions to renew their rivalry in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Normally these two schools would have played on Sept. 6, but Vernon scheduled a different opponent for that night. That meant the game had to be moved ,but it created a problem. Texas high schools are permitted to begin their season in August, while the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Secondary Activities Association say their member schools can’t play until September.
Altus officials asked the OSSAA permission to play the game early and the governing body granted that request. But the OSSAA made it clear that this is a one time only deal. Altus and Vernon will have to work out something else if the long standing series is to continue.
Certainly the fact that Altus is the only team in Oklahoma to play on Friday is something special.
“It really is,” AHS Head Football Coach Chad Stone said. “When you think there are 300 to 400 teams and just one is playing and the others are not, it’s special.”
Altus had to get ready quickly. They began workouts on Aug. 12 and they have had one less week of practice than they normally would have had, plus only one scrimmage. Vernon began practice a week earlier and had two scrimmages.