We give examples of five teams that have tried new and innovative ways to fire up the fans.

By Cody Dalton, FNF Coaches Contributor

High school football teams have one chance to make a great first impression for the fans. Some teams are trying new and innovative ways to fire up the fans.

“The Tiger Cage”

Oscar Smith High School (Va.)

The Tigers strike fear into their opponents by climbing into a three-sided cage only to be “released” on to the playing field by their coaches. Once the players exit the cage, they’ve been known to crawl towards the field like their signature mascot.

“Police Chase”

Yuma High School (Ariz.)

Only appropriate that the Criminals make the most of their mascot through their iconic football team entrance. With its siren blasting and Yuma players and cheerleaders following closely behind, a police car drives on to the field to guide the Criminals to their playing field.

Motorcycles

Del Rio High School (Texas)

One Rams player hitches a ride to the back of a motorcycle carrying the American flag. The Rams start their entrance to the field with the sounds of choppers blaring and AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” playing. A police escort follows the rest of the team through a giant inflatable Ram head.

Bagpipes

Willoughby South High School (Ohio)

The Rebels rush on to their football field through a tunnel, but before that, they are serenaded by the sounds of bagpipes playing. The somber, yet eye-opening entrance is something that catches the attention of many of their opponents, including those in the Western Reserve Conference.

Dance routines

Moanalua High School (Hawaii)

Starting out in their signature inflatable tunnel, the Menehunes display their dance moves and creativity. Leaving the tunnel in groups, the choreographed movements of about a dozen Moanalua football players take place before one of its players emerges from the team’s tunnel crouching low to the ground while carrying the school’s flag.

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