The Wildcats weren’t haunted by the thought of playing on Indian burial ground or the mystique surrounding Blackwater Draw last weekend – the Wildcats outpaced the Greyhounds for a 36-7 win.
Greyhound Stadium is located in Blackwater Draw, haunted according to legend, where the stadium stands amidst bare land for miles. The wind is constantly blowing and the grass on the field is so tall, the players’ cleats sink.
For a player used to all turf, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel had to make a few adjustments.
“It was hard to think about lifting up my knees on grass that tall. We worked on that during the week, and in pre game I came out with two different shoes to see which would work better on the field. It was a challenge,” Gabriel said.
Two pairs of shoes and a little bit of extra tape seemed to work well for Gabriel, as he came away with two touchdowns and 86 receiving yards.
“You see a lot of turned ankles on a field like this,” Gabriel said. “Coach had been telling us all week to tape our ankles, and even though I hate it, I had to for this game.”
Greyhound Stadium has the only real grass field in the Lone Star Conference and the Greyhounds use that as an extra boost to the home-field advantage.
“The whole story of Blackwater Draw is just a mind game, I think,” said left guard Blake Spears.
The desolate field isn’t the only threat that Greyhound Stadium offers to visiting teams. Their locker rooms are what many Â players will recall about playing at Blackwater Draw.
“The locker rooms are so small that then entire team can barely fit in it all together. Most of us got dressed in the hallway for more space,” Spears said. “The locker rooms were painted all pink a few years ago and that’s changed but it’s still so small and there’s only one stall in the bathroom and it doesn’t even have a door. It’s a bit awkward. ”
A sight you don’t typically see in a collegiate football game is the team taking their halftime to sit outside instead of returning to the locker room .
The ‘Cats joined the fans in watching the halftime show from the same hill students congregate on.
“Being outside during halftime instead of going to the locker room, I felt that the team might have been a little bit more distracted watching all the Homecoming festivities on the field instead of thinking about our game.” Spears said.