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Southwestern ready to play football again

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Football season is finally back at Southwestern University in Georgetown.

And for them, the off-season has lasted more than 60 years!

Southwestern had a big pep rally on the square in Georgetown for the Pirates Friday night. There was a huge turnout -- which is understandable because the last time Southwestern played a football game was November 18, 1950.

The program disappeared after that due to financing.

But Athletic director Dr. Glada Munt says bringing the program back has been on the radar for years now.

"We did both formal and informal feasibility studies looking at the cost, the expense, the impact across the board so we do not go into anything very lightly," Munt said.

The board gave the green light to the program 2 years ago and since then they've built brand new practice fields, a track and a field house.

Dr. Munt says the community has really embraced the idea...and they've bought loads of season tickets!

"People didn't think that we were going to sell 50, let alone 1400 and my secretary was telling me, she was heading upstairs, she says 'I've gotta go sell more tickets,'" Munt said.

Friday night the school had a good old fashioned pep rally on the downtown square. Head coach Joe Austin got the crowd pumped for Saturday night's game.

Dan and Kathy Devine's son Will is on the new team. They couldn't be happier.

"The school is fantastic. And of the choices that Will had, this was the best academic environment that he could be in and to grow up with this football program I think he's gonna have some life skills that...boy, he can take a long way," Dan said.

Sophomore Jose Perez from Laredo says last year they trained for this so he's ready.

"There's nothing better than bringing back football to Texas. You know, I mean coming out of high school and missing a year of football, it took a toll on me but it's a whole new year and we're finally able to touch that field tomorrow at 7," Perez said.

Tomorrow night's game is at 7 at the Georgetown ISD Birkelbach field.

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