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Caretakers maintain football turf
Crews manicure lawns, paint grid on fields
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North Hall’s field dressed up for last season’s playoffs. Touchdown Club dads traditionally paint only in white for the first home game, said former paint crew head Doug Hulsey. They add green paint to the number shading, Knight’s head and end zones as the season progresses. The checkered end zones are painted only for playoff games. - photo by Jim Haynes
When high school football fans file out of the stadium and the big lights go dark, the previously manicured gridirons look quite the opposite when the geared-up spectators arrived hours earlier. Divots of dying grass and drying dirt are lying around.The sidelines are trampled to dust. The painted yard lines, hashmarks and once-proud logos are worn thin on broken blades of grass.