Maplewood and Lipscomb will play their District 10-AA football game at Vanderbilt Stadium on Sept. 5, one of two high school contests that will be held at the Southeastern Conference venue this fall.
The game has been designated the Backyard Burgers Bowl, according to Maplewood principal Ron Woodard.
“We were trying to think of a way to bring some excitement back to our games and partner with our corporate sponsors,” Woodard said. “We have a great relationship with Backyard Burgers. They’ve been really supportive of our school, and we wanted to do something to give them some positive publicity.”
By moving the matchup, Maplewood has three on-campus games scheduled for this season – Christ Presbyterian Academy on Sept. 12, Goodpasture on Oct. 10 and Stratford on Oct. 17.
“For the kids, there’s the excitement of playing on artificial turf,” veteran Maplewood coach Arcentae Broome said. “That’s not something they’ve had an opportunity to do. You don’t often have the chance to set foot on a college campus to play.”
Also, White House and White House-Heritage will play a Thursday night game at Vanderbilt on Oct. 2. It will be the second straight year that the crosstown rivals have played at the neutral site.
“To this point, those are the only two games we have scheduled for this year,” Vanderbilt associate athletics director and assistant vice-chancellor Brock Williams said. “There may be one or two others that come in.”
Last season, there were three high school games played at Vanderbilt – Brentwood Academy vs. Memphis University School, White House vs. White House-Heritage and CPA vs. Milan.
“Once we got the artificial turf in, we felt like it was something we wanted to do,” Williams said. “It’s good exposure for Vanderbilt, it gives those teams exposure to the university. We hope in the future we can host some more games, and we hope to reach out to some other groups to bring some games here.”
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