WARRENTON - Less than a year ago, the talk of a new football stadium in Warren County was a mere dream.
Today, the Screaming Devils are just a few weeks away from the start of another football season. And they're looking forward to playing in a new stadium.
And although the new stadium, which can seat up to 2,200 fans, may not quite be ready by the season opener when the Screaming Devils of Warren County High School play host to the Washington-Wilkes Tigers, it will be ready within three to four weeks into the season, believes Head Coach Lee Hutto.
"We're still hoping that it's going to be ready, but right now, we're just not certain," said Coach Hutto during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror. "We're just excited knowing that one day soon our kids are going to get a chance to play in a new football stadium."
He indicated that his Screaming Devils may have to play a couple of home games at Legion Field.
"If we have to, it's fine," Coach Hutto said.
Such a dream, turned reality, hasn't come without a lot of hard work on the part of a lot of people behind the scenes.
"Obviously, one of those groups of people is Brier Rose Plantation, which donated $250,000 to help us get started in the building of a new football stadium," Coach Hutto said. "We're thankful to them for their significant contribution to our football program and our school."
Another person who has helped make the new stadium a reality is Warren County Commission Chairman John Graham, Coach Hutto said.
"He has been so supportive of the new stadium for the kids," the second year head football coach said. "He has been the driving force behind this project. I've just done what he has asked me to do. We owe him a real debt of gratitude."
New aluminum bleachers with blue trim - school colors - have been installed and completed in the new stadium, which is located directly behind the school, off the Atlanta Highway. A new concession stand and large, modern restrooms also are near completion.
A large press box already is completed. A new public address system also has been purchased, as has a new electronic scoreboard, goal posts and special grass.
"Our kids are really excited about the new football stadium and they should be," Coach Hutto said. "When things aren't going well sometimes during practice, I just have them take a look over there and tell them: 'See what awaits you, if you do what you're suppose to do.'"