Oak Grove plays on their home field for the first time in 4 yearsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- There's just something about late summer Friday nights. Especially, when High School football is in the air. And for the first time in four-years, one Fargo school is getting a chance to have a "true" home game.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- There's just something about late summer Friday nights. Especially, when High School football is in the air. And for the first time in four-years, one Fargo school is getting a chance to have a "true" home game.
2008 was the last time the Oak Grove football team played at home. Three springs and three floods later, the field was unrecognizable. Now, after a tremendous volunteer effort, the Grovers are back. And especially for the players, there's no place like home.
Hunter Gossett: "Right before we went out, I kind of just stopped and took in my surroundings. It's really happening right now. We're back."
Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, none has ever played a true home football game until tonight.
Gossett: "I can't even describe what it's like. It's magical when the lights come on."
For Alum Scott Gorder, it all started two summers ago when he first saw what the floods had done to the field.
Scott Gorder: "Weeds were four feet tall. Called a couple guys and said lets fix this."
The first time they planted grass was June of 2010, but the 2011 flood washed away any hope of playing last fall. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, 450-pounds of seed and tens of thousands of dollars later. Finally, this spring, no flood and the lights at Oak Grove Field are back on.
Gorder: "It brings a sense of community and that's something that's been lacking on the field for the last few years."
Now, pads are pounding, fans are cheering, and coach is coaching where Oak Grove football is supposed to be played.
Barry Bauer: "Very exciting, it's been too long since we've been on our home field."