At home under the Victory Field lights

Meet the people behind the scenes who Friday night high school football possible in Watertown

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At home under the Victory Field lights

Parents of younger Watertown High football players work at the Victory Field snack shack during football games.

Parents of younger Watertown High football players work at the Victory Field snack shack during football games.

Raider Times photo / Alexis Catsoulis

Parents of younger Watertown High football players work at the Victory Field snack shack during football games.

Raider Times photo / Alexis Catsoulis

Raider Times photo / Alexis Catsoulis

Parents of younger Watertown High football players work at the Victory Field snack shack during football games.

Melissa Rose and Alexis Catsoulis

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It’s a chilly and rainy October night and crowds rush into Victory Field, home of the Watertown Raiders football team. Students, parents, and alumni alike are all captivated by the scene on the field highlighted by bright lights and enthusiastic cheerleaders. When the game is over, they congratulate the team on a game well played, and continue their Friday night, failing to stop and notice the people behind those lights, the people who make the game possible. Below are the stories of several of these people.

Rachel Morgan: Ticket taker

Rachel Morgan, ticket taker at Victory Field.

Raider Times photo / Alexis Catsoulis
Rachel Morgan, ticket taker at Victory Field.

At Watertown High School, the faculty members pride themselves on being tirelessly involved with their students and the community.

Rachel Morgan, who is usually seen working hard and helping students in the library, is also the Senior Class adviser, head of the Pride Committee, and supervisor of the Virtual High School program (VHS). Outside of school, she can be seen coaching the Watertown Middle School girls’ basketball team and collecting tickets for the football team every Friday night.

She enthusiastically accepted this job to support the WHS athletic department.

“I enjoy being a part of the community that I love,” she said. Her favorite part is having those special interactions with students and families alike outside of the school setting.

Snack Shack parents: Concessions

Parents of younger Watertown High football players work at the Victory Field snack shack during football games.

Raider Times photo / Alexis Catsoulis
Parents of younger Watertown High football players work at the Victory Field snack shack during football games.

Traditionally, the snack shack at Victory Field is run by parents of the freshman football team. At the games, they love the opportunity to meet and talk with people from the community and be able to give back. One mom described the atmosphere at Friday night football games as very family-oriented.

George Hoffman and Michael Spillane: Security

George Hoffman (left) and Michael Spillane provide security at Victory Field during Watertown High football games.

Raider Times photo / Alexis Catsoulis
George Hoffman (left) and Michael Spillane provide security at Victory Field during Watertown High football games.

Michael Spillane is a math teacher at Watertown High School and George Hoffman is a retired Watertown police officer and husband of Sandra Hoffman, a history teacher at WHS. Together, they protect the field from any crazed fans attempting to tread on the turf and interfere with the game. They love being involved, while simultaneously getting to watch their team play.

Mike Lahiff: Athletic director

Mike Lahiff, Watertown High athletic director

Raider Times photo / Alexis Catsoulis
Mike Lahiff, Watertown High athletic director

Mr. Lahiff has been Watertown’s athletic director for nine years. He believes the best part about Friday night football games is the fact that the field is in the center of the town, so it invites all members of the community to come and support the high school team.

He thinks the special part about high school sports is the passion, effort, and true competition, as opposed to professional athletic teams, which are in it for money and endorsements.

Eric Trant: Trainer

Eric Trant, athletic trainer for Watertown High School

Raider Times photo / Alexis Catsoulis
Eric Trant, athletic trainer for Watertown High School

Eric has been Watertown’s athletic trainer for two years now. He is also an aide at WHS.

He attends all the football games, home and away, stretching out the players and attending to their injuries.

“I love standing on the sidelines and being involved with the team, it’s great to be a part of the game,” he said.

–Oct. 26, 2015–

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