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ESPN U brings national recognition to local football

Don Bosco Prep fans cheer for their team in Prattville. Don Bosco Prep fans cheer for their team in Prattville.

Posted by: Melissa McKinney - bio | email

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Gone are the days where high school football teams only play local rivals.

The Prattville Lions welcomed the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen from New Jersey.

And while Prattville's cheering section was big, so was Don Bosco's.

Max Buchanan traveled "913 miles!" he says.

It's all to see his grandson tackle in a different time zone.

Other parents say it's worth the trek.

"It's a great opportunity to be with our boys and part of a great football program," says New Jersey resident, Sue Buchanan.

With ESPN-U's national coverage, and big name advertisers surrounding the field, some say this game takes high school football up to a new level.

"I think it's great that they televise high school football games because it's good for the tradition of football for America," says Don Bosco fan, Max Buchanan.

"We're ready to keep taking it up and up and up," Don Bosco parent, Lori Sweeney, says.

As long as Prattville keeps winning, big games like these keep happening. 

City leaders welcome the attention.

"There's really no way you can quantify how much money, the advertising dollars, that this national exposure means to our community and getting folks here," says Prattville Mayor, Jim Byard.

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