If things go according to plan, this will be one fun farewell.
“I do think that there’s going to be a special kind of an excitement in the stands, tomorrow,” said Ankeny football parent, Patsy Steffen
The Class 4A State Championship Game will the last time all Ankeny parents cheer for just one team
“I sat in the stands our last home game, the playoff game," parent Kari Higgins remembered, "and thought to myself, this is the last time I’m going to be sitting in the stands, this is the last time I’m going to be seeing our band.
Beginning next year, the community splits into two districts, with two high schools, two football teams, and, two of these dinners served the night before Friday games
“I think it’s a great opportunity for Ankeny to create a new beginning," said Tracey Goforth, a parent of an Ankeny senior, "but then in a way you’re also somewhat ending a lifetime of one team with Coach Pezzetti.
Some of these players will become Centennial Jaguars, and some still aren’t happy about that. But when you live in a popular suburb, them’s the breaks.
“It’s a great problem to have because we are growing so fast,” Higgins said.
“I think we’ll gravitate towards our own districts and support our schools," Steffen said, "but I think Ankeny as a whole is a very strong community.”
After tomorrow, teammates become opponents, but does that mean friends become rivals?
“I think we’ll be just fine, yeah,” said senior parent, Mike Schiltz.
“You look at it as you have a football game to go to every Friday night,” Goforth added.
We’ll see how long THAT lasts. For now, it’s all still one. One town, one team, one game, and one last supper.