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Tale of Two Fields for the Giants

Chelsie Brown
Updated: October 08, 2019 10:55 PM

Practice as well as the first six weeks of the season was business as usual for the Mesabi East football team. However, as the Giants prepped and aimed to string together wins, the construction just behind their school acted as slight distraction, but a promise for the future of Giants football.

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"We'd watch it every day," explained senior fullback and linebacker Gavin Skelton. "Since the beginning of practice, when we first saw the lights go up. It was awesome watching it all come together," he added.

"Every day you saw something new and when the goal posts went up, you're like 'wow, this is really happening,'" senior lineman Evan Mattson described.

The team as well as the community watched dirt mounds become their new football stadium. Thanks in part to a bond referendum that passed during the fall of 2017 election, that helped kick into gear the construction of a new sports facilities update and several renovations at the Mesabi East schools. With construction completed enough to play, last Friday night Mesabi East stepped foot on their new field for the first time all season.

"We just had the mentality to go out there, keep driving with the gas pedal down and let it roll," senior running back and cornerback Hunter Levander.

"It felt like it was a must win on the new field," added senior running back and linebacker Cole Meyer. "We felt like we had to make a statement."

"This is the real deal. You walk onto the field and it's Friday night lights. I mean, you have people watching you, you got a full crowd, and you can just feel the pressure from the community; but it's good pressure, the pressure to win," added Mattson.

The team says it was worth the wait. In their debut on their new turf field, the Giants handed their rival Virginia a loss, defeating them by pitching a shut out and doing so on homecoming night.

"I'll remember it for the rest of my life for sure," Levander said about winning the game.

"It was just a really cool experience knowing that we were the first football team to play on it," added Meyer.

Although Mesabi East is on the road this week, the team will have at least one more opportunity for this year seniors to play again at their new stadium; and they'd like to make it more. With two regular season games remaining, the Giants know they are both must-win games, especially if they want to become the first Mesabi East football team to host a playoff game at their brand new stadium.

"We want to get as many games as we can on it," explained Skelton.

Mesbi East (2-4) will visit Two Harbors (3-3) on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 P.M.

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