The Boulder football team will be 100 percent focused Friday night on defending their home turf at Recht Field against Northglenn, opening their Metro 10 League play determined to get on the right track after last week’s loss to Fairview.
That said, the stadium will be abuzz for reasons outside of what’s going on between the hash marks.
The Panthers are hosting Salute to Service night as they play the Norse, a celebration of men and women from all over the area who are in the business of military and civil services — from police to fire and emergency personnel. Players will be wearing jerseys with names of civil servants on their backs, and they will be honored through the evening.
More specifically, the game will be played in honor of a former Boulder High student athlete, Larry Harris, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. Harris graduated from BHS in 2003, eventually joined the Marines, earned Corporal status and was killed by a roadside bomb while trying to come to the aid of another wounded soldier. That other soldier ultimately survived, and Harris was posthumously awarded a Silver Star for his courageous act.
“It’s an honor to be able to dedicate the game to servicemen and women,” Boulder head coach Ryan Bishop said. “Understanding that everything that I’ve been given on and off the field has been because of the sacrifices made by these individuals.
“I know players are getting a better understanding of the sacrifices made to protect and serve our country and our freedoms. The game is bigger than winning and losing and we as a school get the opportunity to say thanks and give our respect to the servicemen and women.”