Home opener goes off without major hitches
by Emily Horos
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A malfunctioning play clock was one of few hiccups during Ken White Field’s first football game Saturday, with Reinhardt attracting plenty of fan support.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
A malfunctioning play clock was one of few hiccups during Ken White Field’s first football game Saturday, with Reinhardt attracting plenty of fan support.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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WALESKA — Reinhardt built a football program, and the fans did come.

The Eagles played their first game at Ken White Field before an announced crowd of 2,167 people, although some believe the number in attendance to be as high as 3,000 after non-ticket admissions were included.

The lone hiccup seemed to be with the new scoreboard, specifically the malfunctioning play clock. It was not available for use during the game, leaving the play clock to be kept on the field, as it is done at the high school level.

Sports information director Jason Hanes said this isn’t the first problem Reinhardt has had with the scoreboard installed just a few weeks ago. It also malfunctioned during a soccer game Friday evening.

“Really, it’s embarrassing for us to pay $30,000 for a scoreboard, and then it doesn’t work,” Hanes said. “In the soccer match, it was barely functioning at all. (On Saturday), it was working great until about 19 minutes before game time and then, for whatever reason, the play clocks stopped working. It’s very frustrating when we have done everything we could on our end to get it to work. Unfortunately, it never did work.”

Hanes said the play clocks and the actual scoreboard are all part of the same system.

Aside from that, athletic director Bill Popp gave a good report on most aspects of Saturday’s home debut.

“We’ll break it down on Monday and see what we can improve,” he said. “But, for our first game, it was good all around.”

The crowd — which filled the bleachers, lined the fence around the field and overflowed onto the bank below the line of trees — remained throughout the game. Their lone complaint seemed to be the lack of shade as the temperature settled around 87 degrees.

Prior to the game, fans could be seen tailgating in nearby parking lots, and despite fears of traffic control issues, everything seemed to move smoothly throughout the day.

“I think we gave fans what they wanted,” Popp said. “We’ll just have to see if they come back.”
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