WINNSBORO — This season the Proud Parents Group at Fairfield Central High School got in the weekly habit of having cake to serve on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
The FCHS Griffins earned their cake and made it a routine on their way to an undefeated regular season and a rematch with Dillon High for the Division 2-AA state championship. The Griffins hope to taste sweet victory after Friday night’s rematch, but win or lose, Group President Terrie Milton said she is proud of the character the players presented at the suppers.
Milton noted that all of the players at one time or another thanked the parents for providing the cake nights to celebrate the wins.
“This is a wonderful bunch (of players), well-mannered and well-behaved,” she said.
Over half of the parents of junior varsity and senior varsity players participated in some capacity to the group.
“We had increased support this year. As we asked parents in the community to get involved, more stepped up,” she said. “Special thanks goes to Margaret Hall, a grandparent of one of the players who stepped up and served an entire meal of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, rice and gravy, and green beans to the team.”
Milton is the mother of Tyron White and the godmother of Tavaris and Javaris Cook.
Donations came from a variety of sources including Sam Arnette Sr., State Farm Insurance, Willie Botkin, Davis Anderson and Lee Cameron.
A 50/50 raffle fundraiser also helped support the parent efforts. Another example of the community coming together to share its Griffin Pride came from the school district bus drivers. Milton said sandwiches were prepared by school district bus drivers to serve to the junior varsity and varsity players prior to away games.
Though she deflects personal recognition for her leadership, her contributions are noticed by school administrators, including Athletic Director Terrell Roach.
“Terry is the parent of one of our seniors and has helped us tremendously, serving pregame meals, with ticket sales and with concession stand sales. A lot of our parents help but she has been our go-to person if we need help,” Roach said.
Roach is a proud Griffin, having attended school there. He also coached there and returned as assistant athletic director, and now, as athletic director.
“I just have a lot of pride to be able to come back and help out. Getting to know parents, like these, firsthand helps out a lot in the community,” he said.
Another way the community has embraced the football team involves the faith community. Each Sunday players have had the opportunity, along with the coaches, to attend local churches. Churches where the players attend often issued the invitations, such as Mt. Pisgah Baptist in Ridgeway that had the team over to celebrate Thanksgiving.