Jacksonville, Fla. -- Yulee High School football was on national television Friday night on ESPNU and it drew a huge crowd at the stadium.
There were plenty of signs this was no ordinary high school football game. Fans arrived 3 hours early to guarantee a seat in the stands. For the rest, it was standing room only for as far as you could see.
The school sold close to 3000 tickets prior to game time. The game featured the best two running backs in Florida High School history, Derrick Henry of Yulee and Kelvin Taylor of Belle Glade Glades Day.
Yulee High School principal Dr. DeArmus Graham called it a once in a lifetime oppurtunity for the kids, the school and the community. "This atmosphere is unbeleivable, I have never experienced a high school game like this in my 41 years of living. The secret about Yulee is out, it's a great place to live with a great high school. It is so exciting."
Senior cheerleader Autumn Wood, a squad co-caprtin had one word for it, awesome. I love seeing all the fans and being able to cheer in front of this many people, it has been my lifelone dream to cheer in college and the pros, to have an experience like this is amazing."
Band director Adam Marcum was happy he got to showcase his band in front of a big TV audience. "I think it is really cool to be on a platform like this, it's a cool experience that the kids will remember forever."
A crowd estimated at 6000 attended the game, the most in Yulee footbal history. English teacher Beth Gallagher was proud of her school and her small town. "This is the most exciting thing, Yulee is on the map, we are happy and pleased to have Yulee on the map."
As for the football game, Henry rushed for 365 yards and scored 6 touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Glades Day. Earlier in the day, Henry announced on ESPN that he would be going to the University of Alabama to play college football.