The Zanesville High School football team is starting their new season with an old tradition.
As a team bonding before the big home game against Newark this Friday, the team and coaches walked from the high school after practice to Honey Baked Ham on Maple Avenue for a "family meal".
"Someone in the community, a restaurant or a group, feeds us every Thursday. I started this about 8 years ago when I got the job and I did it at the school I was at previously. It’s more of a team bonding type thing and we use it as that and as a recovery walk at the same time. So, it’s just nice to get out and get in the community. We have our game jerseys on, we walk down Blue Avenue or Bell Street or whatever it may be to get to our location and a lot of people see us and a lot of people honk. It’s just the kind of thing to build your spirit the night before the game" explains head coach Chad Grandstaff.
Tradition is a big deal here in Zanesville and making the team feel like a close-knit family is a top priority.
"We always talk about team building exercises, those types of things. You know, last night we did the helmet striping with senior parents. The senior parents come in and put their son’s helmet stripes on their helmet for the last time. And tonight we do the team walk and obviously Friday is the Newark game. It’s the 110th year for the Newark game and we’ve been playing football here for 115 years. Its the 110th (game) rivalry game so obviously it’s a big deal with pep rallies tonight and tomorrow we take on the Wild Cats" he continues.
If you can’t make it to the game on Friday night you can catch it on AM radio 1240 starting at 6:40 p.m.