Purple Hurricanes showcase at annual soap bowl

Senior Safety Antonio Wilcox walks off the field after making the tackle for a lost of yards. / Jon Benson

After a week long football camp for both the middle school level and varsity level wraps up, the players at Fitzgerald High School have something to get excited about; it's the new tradition called the Soap Bowl. This is a new concept that head coach Jason Strickland brought with him following last seasons' winning record.

The Soap Bowl is a chance for fans, coaches, and the community to get together and donate laundry detergent to the team's jersey and practice gear for the season. Last year was a success and it gave the team an opportunity to save a little extra money while giving the fans a fun preseason game to enjoy.

Starting off the night for the Purple Hurricanes is the younger squad where both the middle school and the upcoming freshman get a chance to showcase their abilities for their new coaches. The two teams battled it out for two quarters running both offensive and defensive situations, while keeping score.

Then the big boys come out. The varsity also got a chance to line up to play one-on-one and go head-to-head. This is a young team going into the 2013 season, so this game could help show the coaches why a young player deserves that starting spot.

In the end it is about having fun and collecting laundry detergent for the team while bringing together the community for some preseason action.