Oakland football hopes to play on turf field this season

Oakland’s football team hopes to join Blackman this upcoming season as the next Rutherford County football program to install field turf.

The Rutherford County School Board approved the project last week, and the goal is for the Patriots to be playing on it in 2019.

"We're shooting for the week of our jamboree, and if not, the first home game, which is Aug. 30 (against Kentwood)," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. "It's a six- to eight-week project depending on the weather. We're hoping it's six, but we'll take eight."

Neither Oakland nor the county will pay for the project, which is expected to cost just over $600,000.

"We have to raise it all," Creasy said. "The school and the county don't pay anything. We've already started fundraising. There has been a lot of Oakland alumni and businesses that we've contacted who are stepping up. Several wanted to do sponsorship by advertising on our field, and if anyone is interested they can contact me (615-633-5948) or David Watson (615-977-8496)."

Creasy credited Blackman High School for having the first field turf installed in the county.

"There was good parent organization at Blackman that led the way and showed it can be done," he said. "I've got to give them a lot of credit. We took their model and said we need to go with this while we can.

"We don't want to be fourth or fifth in line. Being one of the older schools around and winning a lot lately, it helps us spread the message that we need a safer field and that's what we're campaigning for right now."

Creasy said Oakland's field is used so often that maintaining it over the years has been very difficult.

"Here's the deal: every team spend a lot of money on their fields," he said. "A natural surface if just like a golf course in that it takes a lot of time and money to make it right. The difference is a golf course doesn't have 22 people running up and down on it for four months in a row.

"The biggest thing about our field is I don't want to turn anyone down who wants to us it. We've always got someone on the field, whether its flag football, Pee Wee, boys and girls soccer and our freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams."

Once completed, Oakland will be the only county team to have a turf field and an indoor practice facility.

OAKLAND 2018 SCHEDULE

8/23: at Hendersonville

8/30: Kenwood

9/6: Siegel

9/13: at Germantown

9/20: at Cookeville

9/27: at Rockvale

10/4: at Blackman

10/18: Riverdale

10/25: at Coffee County

11/1: Warren County

Oakland’s football team hopes to join Blackman this upcoming season as the next Rutherford County football program to install field turf.

The Rutherford County School Board approved the project last week, and the goal is for the Patriots to be playing on it in 2019.

"We're shooting for the week of our jamboree, and if not, the first home game, which is Aug. 30 (against Kentwood)," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. "It's a six- to eight-week project depending on the weather. We're hoping it's six, but we'll take eight."

Neither Oakland nor the county will pay for the project, which is expected to cost just over $600,000.

"We have to raise it all," Creasy said. "The school and the county don't pay anything. We've already started fundraising. There has been a lot of Oakland alumni and businesses that we've contacted who are stepping up. Several wanted to do sponsorship by advertising on our field, and if anyone is interested they can contact me (615-633-5948) or David Watson (615-977-8496)."

Creasy credited Blackman High School for having the first field turf installed in the county.

"There was good parent organization at Blackman that led the way and showed it can be done," he said. "I've got to give them a lot of credit. We took their model and said we need to go with this while we can.

"We don't want to be fourth or fifth in line. Being one of the older schools around and winning a lot lately, it helps us spread the message that we need a safer field and that's what we're campaigning for right now."

Creasy said Oakland's field is used so often that maintaining it over the years has been very difficult.

"Here's the deal: every team spend a lot of money on their fields," he said. "A natural surface if just like a golf course in that it takes a lot of time and money to make it right. The difference is a golf course doesn't have 22 people running up and down on it for four months in a row.

"The biggest thing about our field is I don't want to turn anyone down who wants to us it. We've always got someone on the field, whether its flag football, Pee Wee, boys and girls soccer and our freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams."

Once completed, Oakland will be the only county team to have a turf field and an indoor practice facility.

OAKLAND 2018 SCHEDULE

8/23: at Hendersonville

8/30: Kenwood

9/6: Siegel

9/13: at Germantown

9/20: at Cookeville

9/27: at Rockvale

10/4: at Blackman

10/18: Riverdale

10/25: at Coffee County

11/1: Warren County

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