Richfield football hosts Sunday Night Lights

Sports Editor
New Richfield head football coach Kris Pulford arranges youth players, current Spartans and Richfield alumni into teams during a Sunday Night Lights session July 9. (Sun Current staff photo by Chris Chesky) A Richfield youth football player looks to turn the corner and dash for a first down during a Sunday Night Lights session July 9. (Sun Current staff photo by Chris Chesky)
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New Richfield head football coach Kris Pulford arranges youth players, current Spartans and Richfield alumni into teams during a Sunday Night Lights session July 9. (Sun Current staff photo by Chris Chesky)

When new Richfield head football coach Kris Pulford was studying at the University of Oklahoma, he remembers the excitement surrounding a two-hour program at the Sooners’ football stadium.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday, the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium hosted a Sunday Night Lights program, where people could go play football for two hours at the stadium every Sunday.

After taking over the Richfield program following the completion of the 2016 season, Pulford wanted to find a new way to entice potential players into joining the football team.

Pulford kicked off his Sunday Night Lights program in June at Donaldson Park, but began hosting the two-hour Sunday Night Lights program July 9, at Richfield High School’s Spartan Stadium. Pulford has youth, current Spartans and Richfield alumni currently coming out to play football Sunday nights.

With his first season at the helm of the program just around the corner, Pulford has been pleased with what he has seen from the Spartans so far.

“It has been fun so far and we’re still growing,” Pulford said. “We’re looking for leaders and there are guys that are stepping up.

“The weight room has been fun, they’re learning how to lift correctly and I think they’re enjoying it on Sunday nights.”

Pulford’s Sunday Night Lights sessions take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday nights at Richfield High School.

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