Reservation adds decals to fieldhouse
By Gabriel Pruett
The News Sports Writer
PORT NECHES — Indians football coach Brandon Faircloth knows graphics in the Port Neches-Groves fieldhouse cannot on their own win any football games for the Tribe players.
Newly put up decals throughout the fieldhouse, though, do serve a significant purpose in Faircloth’s mind.
“We are always looking for ways to better our fieldhouse,” Faircloth said. “We want to continue to improve our facilities for our kids. It is just another way to help out our program.”
The decals were designed by Waterboy Graphics and headed up by Ty Gibson, a friend to Faircloth. Faircloth and PN-G athletic secretary Amanda Delcambre teamed up to work with the company and selected three pieces to spice up the Indians fieldhouse.
The main attraction meets players face-to-face when walking into the locker room after being in the weight room.
A wall is taken up with the words ‘Indian Football’ split apart by a football player whose entire body has personally selected words in place of normal attributes. The famous ‘Honor Pride Tradition’ motto stretches across his chest right below in smaller print the words ‘Trails of Victory.’
“It was a three-month process,” Faircloth said. “Those guys did a great job. It was better than we could ever imagine.”
The door from the weight room now has a giant decal taking up the entire frame. A football player’s hands come together in front of his body with the Indian in headdress logo printed in his gloves. The words below read ‘Indian Football. Making History.’
Lastly, the Indians will soon enter The Reservation field through double doors covered by a decal showing the home stands packed with purple fans and the words ‘48 minutes to play, a lifetime to remember.’
“We are trying to make PN-G a first class program and overall a great place to come to,” Faircloth said. “We have a great tradition here at PN-G and the kids deserve to see upgrades. It is all part of the equation of being a successful program.
“Our kids will always continue to work hard. None of these decals will lead us to a single win next year. We will still have to perform on the field.”
Cost of the decals was unavailable. It was only said the funds were taken out of the general athletic budget.