3,500 attend Andalusia, Opp rivalry game

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It was a standing room only crowd in Opp Friday night.

Opp City Schools officials said they sold 2,970 tickets to the game against Andalusia.

Totals weren’t ready until Monday afternoon, when school officials counted the money.

And those numbers don’t include football players, cheerleaders, band boosters, and bands.

The final estimate is around 3,500 people in attendance with people standing four and five people deep just to get a glimpse at the annual rivalry.

“It’s incredibly beneficial,” OCS Superintendent Michael Smithart said. “It takes a great deal of support to finance an athletic program, as well as a band program.”

Smithart said the cost of equipment and uniforms would startle a lot of people.

“Crowds such as the one Friday night go a long way toward helping provide what our students need,” he said. “We have always had very strong support here in Opp. Generally our crowds are really good for a school our size and often our crowds on the road exceed the home crowd that night.”

Smithart said Friday night was a great atmosphere for Friday night lights.

“It was electric,” he said. “Our students, both here in Opp and in Andalusia, should feel very fortunate to live in communities that support them in the manner they do. Not all places enjoy this kind of support.”

Both Straughn and Florala had bye weeks.