Our Town: Football in Wolfforth

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 12:56 PM CDT
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WOLFFORTH, Texas (KJTV) - Friday nights during the Fall in Wolfforth are special and there is only one place to be. That is at Peoples Bank Stadium supporting the Frenship Tigers.

Frenship Head Coach Jay Northcutt talks about what unites his Tiger team to the Wolfforth community.

“I think when you drive in on 82nd, or when you drive in on (FM) 179, and you see the signs that are put out that say “From this point on, there will be Tigers- you know you’re in a different place.”

And that different place starts with the Tiger culture. Coach Northcutt is very intentional with how he develops his young team.

“Mondays are dedicated to energy. Tuesdays are dedicated to competition. Wednesdays are dedicated to toughness. Thursday’s dedicated to family, and Fridays are dedicated to discipline, and those are our core values.”

Coach Northcutt stresses family, not just on Thursdays, but every day. Now in his fifth season, he says he found out early that the Frenship family is special.

“And, I knew that Frenship when I came back to this area of Texas, ‘cause I grew up in Plainview. I was aware of “Frenship Nation” up here, but when I finally got back here as the head coach and went through that first game- it hit me! And, the Frenship Nation comes out and supports you no matter what. We’ve got great facilities out here. I think that really speaks volumes on the importance that Frenship puts on athletics, and so it’s a special place.”

This year, Tiger fans even have a part in the game.

“Our defensive coordinator, Mark Ribaudo, came up with an idea. He had some signs made that say “Think Turnover,” and I said “Hey man, you can use those when the offense is on the field. When we’re holding those signs up, he wants the Frenship Nation to be thinking and chanting “Think Turnover.” And his thinking behind that is ‘Hey if we can will a turnover to happen, it’s going to happen. So, anytime we get a turnover- we give credit to the Frenship Nation.”

This Friday night, those stands will be full again for the Homecoming game against Abilene. A busy week will culminate with the game. The Tigers will be ready.

“When you finally do get to Friday and you got the stands full, it’s just an environment that I like to call electric and I think it just adds to an extra special piece of the game.”

Tiger Football is uniting the Wolfforth community.

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