Lovejoy-mania builds to fever pitch

Fans, community fuel championship hype

By Rachel Shirey


LOVEJOY — The momentum is building.

It’s in the crescendo of student chatter, humming since Monday. It’s in the community, where local businesses are decorated in blue and white. And it’s in the district, which hasn’t won a high school football state championship since Morrow did it 1987.

The momentum is building, and it has been since Lovejoy High School left the Georgia Dome in defeat last year.

This year, the Wildcats will take on the Norcross Blue Devils at the Georgia Dome Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

And they plan to win, said principal Dr. Keith Colbert.

“They want to win a championship this year,” Colbert said. “The first time you go, I think you’ve got a little stagefright with all the lights and that kind of stuff. I think this time both the community and the school are spirited. We’re behind the team 100 percent and we want to close the deal this year.”

The school phones haven’t stopped ringing with fans, students, parents and alumni calling to buy tickets or to voice their support, Colbert said.

However, Colbert challenges the students and community to bring their spirit full force Saturday night to support their team.

“I think our kids will come out to the game, but I’d like to see more spirit come from the student body,” Colbert said. “I would like to see them more for the Wildcats. They are for the Wildcats, but I want them to show it more.”

Senior Brandon Robinson said he is up for the challenge. He and his friends plan on painting up for the game, sporting their school letters with pride.

“I want to go to a beauty supply store and get some spray and spray my hair blue,” Robinson said. “And I want to paint my whole face light blue and white.”

Robinson said Lovejoy is going to outperform Norcross, right down to the fans.

“Norcross is going to lose,” Robinson said. “I know they’re supposed to be the No. 1 team, but they don’t faze Lovejoy High School. I don’t think they can handle our offense and defense. We’re the No. 1 in the state on defense. The Wildcats are going to beat Norcross’ fans. Win everything. We’re No. 1.”

Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, or at the door Saturday night.