Buena High School’s varsity football team played through an inter-squad scrimmage game as long as they could before the rain began to fall on Fort Huachua’s Bujalski Field Aug. 13. Despite the potential for stormy weather, the evening drew a number of spectators to watch the Buena Colts practice on the post’s artificial turf field.
Drawing a supportive crowd to the field was one Buena High School football co-head coach Brice Bernbeck’s goals. This year Bernbeck is working to make the Colts more visible to the installation.
“Our community is involved with Fort Huachuca and it’s important for us to interact with the Soldiers and the leadership that is on base,” he said. Buena is the high school most students on Fort Huachuca attend as the post does not have their own secondary school.
In the future, Bernbeck hopes to invite Fort Huachuca’s senior leaders to home games to present honorary footballs and also involve his players in community service on post.
“We’re really trying to embrace what we have, and it’s really special that we have the military base here,” he explained.
The on-post practice not only introduced Soldiers and Families to the team, but also benefited the players to have an audience present because it boosted their performance, Bernbeck added.
“They don’t have to just go out back behind the school and practice,” he said. “They’re actually going to a different venue to practice — to put on a show for people — so it brings a new level to practice.”
Attendees were invited to donate a container or bar of soap to the team, making their game a “soap scrimmage.” Bernbeck explained that the soap donations are provided to players to keep in their locker room for showers during the season.
Buena High School’s football program includes junior varsity, freshman and varsity athletes. This year the program has 120 participating students.
For more information on Buena High School athletics and team schedules, visit http://buenaathletics.org.