Stratford football players sent to state finals in style

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The town of Goose Creek is seeing red and black. The biggest football game of the year is happening Saturday morning.

The Stratford High School football team is gearing up to compete in the AAAA Division 2 State Finals against Northwestern.

The Stratford football team hasn't played in the state championship since 2004, and their players say they have a lot they want to prove this year.

"It's a very big deal for the school, big deal for the city," said Tim Breckenridge, owner of TJ's.

Breckenridge is a proud Stratford High alum and is full of school spirit for his favorite team.

"I've been following the season," said Breckenridge. "They've done really, really well and I'm very proud of them."

So proud, that Breckenridge partnered with the Stratford High booster club to give the football team a night of fun and free food before their big game.

Friday night, the restaurant was packed with parents, friends and community members. The players were in awe of how many people came out to support them.

"Everybody wants to know that their community and their friends and family are behind them," said Breckenridge.

Friday's party isn't the only way Goose Creek is showing their support for the team. They're asking everyone to get up bright and early Saturday morning and come out to line the College Park Road all the way to Interstate 26 at 8 a.m. They want to cheer the football team on as they head to Columbia on buses.

If you're attending the game at Williams Brice Stadium, in Columbia, the gates open at 11 a.m. and kickoff is at Noon. Tickets cost $10 and will be on sale at the gate.

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