ROCKPORT, Maine — Fans of the Camden Hills football program will have the chance to experience “Friday Night Lights” on the Windjammers’ home field this weekend.
Don Palmer Field on the Rockport campus does not have permanent lighting, but portable rental light units are being brought in for the first time for Camden Hills’ next two home games, against Nokomis of Newport at 7 p.m. this Friday and against Belfast in the teams’ regular-season finale on Oct. 19.
“We’ve talked about it since the season got going, developed a plan and then went out and secured the lights,” said Camden Hills athletic administrator Steve Alex. “Thanks to the hard work of the football coaching staff under the direction of head coach Steve Wadsworth and all of the members of the Five Town Football organization, the Windjammers will play the very first game at Camden Hills under the lights.”
Alex said the lights will be paid for through gate receipts that normally go to the Five Town Football program, which provides much of the funding for the high school team.
He said the idea to bring in lights for the home football games came from the experiences of neighboring schools such as Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Mount View of Thorndike that similarly have brought in portable lights for selected home games.
At halftime of the Nokomis game, members of the Five Town Football fourth- and fifth-grade team that captured the 2011 Maine Youth Football junior varsity championship will be recognized.
This year, that same group of players has compiled a 6-1 record to date, having outscored its opponents 196-20.