Oak Grove High School to install turf for football field

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OAK GROVE, La. (KNOE) - During the 2018 playoffs, Oak Grove football games were more often than not played in the mud.

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"You're worried about safety and about the deterioration of the field and how nasty it is," Head Coach Ryan Gregory said.

But not for long.

Soon, this old field known for mud, ditches and divots will be covered in brand new turf.

"Man, just sheer excitement for our community, for our school and for our kids," Gregory said.

This week, the West Carroll Parish School Board approved a resolution to borrow $1.5 million for district-wide improvements, including $800,000 for the new field. It's an investment Gregory says will allow the field to finally match this school's championship culture.

"I think when people hear Oak Grove around the state, they connect us to success," Gregory said. "Well, now when they hear Oak Grove and see the new field and the brickwork that was done, it kind of goes hand-in-hand now."

While the Tigers set their sights on state championship number five, the school's principal says he's already on the prowl on how to pay back the loan.

"[We're looking at] increases in revenue to offset the cost, also while not taking away from the education of kids," Principal John Robert Warner said. "We're not tapping into my fund for Oak Grove High School. We're strictly using Oak Grove football, Oak Grove athletics in order to pay for this."

Gregory calls it a win-win for the program and the town that supports them.

"When they hear the community is behind them, the school board's behind them, the administration here is behind it, it's a cool thing that they know these investments are being made for them and their future," Gregory said.

It's a future Gregory hopes will add more hardware to an already stacked trophy case.