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Tornado-Mustangs expected to draw 6000 at Tilghman

By Mike Stunsonmstunson@paducahsun.com

Tickets still remain for Saturday night's football showdown between Paducah Tilghman and McCracken County at McRright Field.

Tilghman athletic director Dwayne Wall said he expects a standing-room only crowd of around 6,000 people. This game comes nearly a year to the day since McCracken played its first ever football game in front of 7,500 people against Tilghman.

"People have been coming in, but (the tickets) are starting to move," Wall said. "We know people want to come to the game and we're hoping to have standing-room only. Usually we have fans all around the fence of the track going three-deep."

McCracken principal Michael Ceglinski said he expects another can't-miss game on Saturday and that he and Tilghman principal Art Davis work together to ensure that wherever the game is, the fans receive the maximum atmosphere.

"It speaks volumes for our community and school system that so many people go out to support their teams and to watch some good football," he said.

Tickets can be purchased at Tilghman's main office until 2 p.m. today. All tickets to the game are $5, with hundreds expected to arrive as early as 3 p.m. for a pregame tailgate.

"It's always a good thing when people want to come out and support their teams," Wall said. "It helps you build up the sportsmanship-like atmosphere you want to have. We just want people to come out and enjoy the game. You'll get to come out and see your friends and people you haven't seen in a while. Then when the ball is kicked off you scream your head off for the team you're rooting for and then we come back together after it's over. This is a good thing and a positive thing for the community."

According to the Weather Channel, the forecast shows temperatures in the mid-to-high 90s, but no rain in sight.

Tilghman coach Mike Rogers said he hopes fans on both side put the game in perspective.

"I just want to encourage our fans, and all the fans in the community, to cheer for their teams but understand that this is still just a high school football game." he said. "There's a lot of kids and family members who will be in the crowd and everyone needs to be respectful to both teams."

Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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