A pep rally Friday night in downtown Rock Hill will let football fans get revved up before season-opening battles - including two nationally televised games.
Team introductions and performances from pep bands and cheerleaders highlight the 5:30 p.m. event at the Old Town Amphitheater on Black Street outside City Hall.
The public is welcome.
"We have a great opportunity to showcase our high schools," said organizer Donna Richter. "We are a high school football city. We just want to build up a lot of good enthusiasm."
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After the pep rally, the Rock Hill High School Bearcats will open the season against Greer at District Three Stadium.
On Saturday, Byrnes High School from Duncan and Hoover (Ala.) High will play at noon in a nationally televised game on ESPN.
South Pointe and Northwestern face off Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
Organizers hope to make the pep rally an annual event marking the start of football season.
They're also hoping fans will stay to enjoy dinner downtown.
On the street, McHale's Irish Pub will sell hot dogs and barbecue, while Citizen Corners will offer boiled peanuts - the state snack.
"Hopefully, some of them will stick around and eat supper with us," said Hall Dozier, the owner of Citizen Corners.
Rock Hill City Council members have approved $5,000 in hospitality tax money to help cover costs for the pep rally and game.
Downtown blocks of Black Street will close at 4 p.m. for the festivities.