DECATUR — It's one of the most highly anticipated football games in recent memory and expected to draw overflow crowds to St. Teresa High School's campus on Decatur's north side. So why didn't St. Teresa move Saturday's Class 2A semifinal playoff football game with Maroa-Forsyth High School to another location, such as Millikin University?
A packed house, fans ringing the field as they like to do at big high school games, plenty of hot cocoa on what's expected to be a chilly fall day, and it has all the makings of a classic atmosphere with bragging rights between rivals and a state championship game berth on the line. Some fans had suggested a bigger venue might be in order, but St. Teresa is confident it can hold everyone.
“Obviously, we have more than enough seating capacity, and it's home field advantage,” said Ken Hendriksen, executive director of the school's educational foundation. “Anyone that's involved in athletics understands that. We earned home field advantage, and the coaches wanted to play here.”
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And here will require a little housekeeping after Mother Nature visited winter conditions on Central Illinois with snow Wednesday night.
Volunteers are needed to help clear the field and the bleachers, and Hendriksen asked that anyone who could assist should show up at the school at 6 p.m. today with snow blowers and brooms, dressed warmly for outdoor work.
Argenta-Oreana is also in need of assistance and has asked volunteers to report to their football field at 12:30 p.m. today.