The last game at the grand old Conger Field was a 26-22 Purcell victory lap over Marlow.

That gave the historic field a proper send off.

Then came the construction project and the new Conger Field that appears like it could pass for a junior college stadium and field.

Lindsay would be coming to town in hopes of spoiling the opening of the new stands, turf and fieldhouse like the Dragons did to them last year with the opening of their new football field.

As it turned out, the early part of the game last Friday night went back and forth with Lindsay actually leading by a point 14-13 before Cale Walker booted a field goal as the clock ticked down to halftime.

The Dragons never looked back and won the opener just after school officials took the training wheels off the new stadium and cut the ribbon for its opening.

Two pick sixes knocked it right down the middle of the fairway and Purcell got a solid performance out of its linemen and skilled position players.

For more on the game turn to this week’s sports section for a complete game wrap up.

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Prior to kickoff last Friday a brief ribbon cutting ceremony was held on the new mod sod.

Chamber of Commerce interim executive director Elizabeth Baker pulled out the red tape and new superintendent  Sheli McAdoo cut the ribbon after she made brief remarks.

McAdoo thanked school patrons, former administrators and the crew from Goldsby Construction for whipping the new field and stadium into shape.

It wasn’t for sure the game would be played at Conger right up till about 48 hours before kickoff when construction workers got things lined out.

A huge crowd turned out for the opening contest.

Some bugs will need to be ironed out like a wider sidewalk on the north end of the field, adjusting the lighting and things like that.

Workers were on hand again this week doing touch up work and continuing to finish the project.

Overall, the new facility gets an A+ for the way it looks and fills the needs of the program.

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