Friday, October 18, 2013
Trojans, Lions to meet at Hall of Fame game
The Waco Independent School District Athletic Department will host the Athletic Hall of Fame Game on Friday, October 18, 2013 when the University High Trojans meet the Waco High Lions on the gridiron for a friendly cross-town rivalry.
Derrick Johnson remembers his roots (video)
Mascots prepare for the game (video)
NFL stars, former WISD players to be inducted
The football game, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will also serve as the induction ceremony for the 2013 Waco ISD Athletic Hall of Fame. This year, two former Waco ISD football players will be inducted into the WISD Athletic Hall of Fame.
Derrick Johnson, a 2001 graduate of Waco High, played linebacker for the University of Texas, earning (twice) All-American honors. He was a first-round (15th overall) draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005 where he is currently on the roster as linebacker.
LaDainian Tomlinson graduated from University High in 1996 and played college football for Texas Christian University. He spent 11 years in the National Football League where he was a first-round draft pick (fifth overall) by the San Diego Chargers. He retired from the NFL in 2011 after two seasons with the New York Jets. As a running back for the NFL, he had 3,174 carries for a total of 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns.
The Waco ISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction will take place on the field upon the conclusion of the first-quarter of the Waco High vs. University High football game.
In addition to the induction, there will be a third-quarter 50-yard sprint race for 15 fifth-grade students, each representing a Waco ISD elementary school. The purpose of the race, “Fastest Fifth-Grader,” is to promote school and team spirit in the elementary schools. The winning fifth-grader will earn a pizza party for his or her entire grade.
Tickets are available the week of the game at the WISD Athletic Department, 1401 S. New Road, or at either high school campus during the lunch periods on Thursday or Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate prior to the game.
Reserved seats are $9; general admission seats are $8. Student/Staff tickets are $4 (purchased in advance.)
Students, faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $4 the week of the game with a WISD identification badge, or at the gate with a special Hall of Fame Game coupon.
The WISD Athletic Department is open for ticket sales on Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. until noon. For more information, call the WISD Athletic Department at 254-745-2250 or go to the Waco ISD Athletics Ticket Information Page.
WISD Athletic Hall of Fame Members
Some of the WISD Athletic Hall of Fame members will be in attendance at the game.
University High, 1978
Richfield High, 1980
Waco High, 1948
Richfield High, 1983
David "Bubba" Hicks
Richfield High, 1971
A.J. Moore High, 1955
Julian Alton McNew*
University High, 1960
Waco High, 1949
Waco High, 1955
Waco High, 1940
A.J. Moore High, 1943
Lewis H. Ritcherson, II
A.J. Moore High, 1966
Waco High, 1961
Richfield High, 1985
James "Froggy" Williams*
Waco High, 1946
Richfield High, 1970
|* Now deceased