Local high school players ‘lose their minds’ over new helmets

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Members of the Midway High School football team were more than a little enthusiastic over the new helmets their coaches surprised them with ahead of their district opener and the excitement was caught on video.

Members of the Midway High School football team were more than a little enthusiastic over the new helmets their coaches surprised them with. (Courtesy photo)

Coach Jeff Hulme gathered his football team Wednesday morning for the big surprise.

He first introduced a team manager dressed in the uniform he told the players they would be wearing Friday night, which consisted of blue pants, a blue jersey and the traditional white Midway helmet.

“Let’s talk about what we’re going to wear Friday because we’ve done all red, all white and all blue,” Hulme said as the manager walked out a side door and to the front of the room.

The team’s response was tepid.

“Although there is one problem, it doesn’t look good to me,” Hulme then said as he reached into a box at the front of the room and lifted out a blue chrome helmet.

The team’s response was markedly different.

“I was hoping they would get excited but when the coaches showed me the video and I saw he kids you would have thought they were 4- or 5-years-old and coming down for Christmas and thought they got a new bike. They were losing their minds.”

Starting safety Eli Garvin said he loves the new look.

“We love them,” he said.

“It’s like a new twist on the old school white plain helmets.”

Players Luke Horner and Carson Byrd agreed.

“They’re’ real nice, they’re real nice. Everybody’s going to notice them,” Horner said.

“We should be looking real nice tomorrow night,” Byrd added.

Player Bryce Boland said the gear makes him even more pumped for the game.

“Can’t wait,” Boland said.

Hulme saus the team won’t be ditching the white helmets, they’re just adding the chrome blue to the options.

The helmets were purchased through money raised by the booster club with hard work in fundraising by the players and their families.

“Just knowing how hard these young men work and for me to give them something like this is a lot of fun,” Hulme said.

Midway will host Killeen Friday, in their blue chrome helmets.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.