Some high school teams run out onto the field through a mist of smoke to the strains of their fight song. Others charge through paper banners in what may be one of the more endearing and lasting high school traditions of the fall season.
What about schools in Mesquite, Texas? They charge into action in front of video footage ripped straight off a Hollywood scriptwriter's desk, dripping with "Friday Night Lights" dramatics and loaded with more cinematic tension and production value than the opening segments long used by the Chicago Bulls and other NBA teams.
As first noted by the Dallas Morning News, all four Mesquite High Schools have football intro videos they show on video boards as the teams enter the field, and all are pretty impressive. The Mesquite (Texas) Poteet High Pirates intro features game footage spliced with fan reactions, scenes from practice and a view of the school's empty weight room as if it were staged for the entrance of extras in a movie. You can see the Poteet clip directly above.
The Mesquite (Texas) John Horn High video provides a more up close and personal intro with a number of Jaguars players speaking directly into the camera before highlight clips make their entrance into the clip. The 1:00 montage concludes with a player scoring a practice touchdown and walking toward the camera while pointing in its direction. Needless to say, it's effective, as you can see above.
The 1:11 North Mesquite (Texas) High video kicks off with a montage of highlights from the school's NFL alums, Tarell Brown and Joe Bowden, before segueing into the Stallions' many accolades. It incorporates more footage from the 1980s and '90s than any of the other three clips and has a bit of a retro vibe for all its well-produced glory (not that that's a bad thing at all).
Ironically, the Mesquite school with the most campy mascot is the program which receives the most sepia-tinged intro of all. The Mesquite (Texas) High Skeeters' intro video begins with a screen extolling the team's "107 years of tradition" and "More than 400 victories" in front of old photographs collected from numerous decades past that sail by in the background. All the while, strains of ambient operatic music play in the background before a more modern clip from the school's 2001 state championship perfect season is spliced in with surrounding shots from school facilities. It's a nice clip, though it's still a bit hard to swallow phrases like "tradition" with a team called the Skeeters (as much as that may be unfair to a school that does have a heck of a football tradition).
So, how will the videos play out? We may know more once fans have seen them all in rotation over the course of a season in Mesquite. Until then, it's hard to tell whether they mark the beginning of yet another new trend in game-day experiences on Friday nights or a flash in the pan idea for another Texas district trying to make its mark.
Either way, kudos to the Mesquite Independent School District for stepping outside the box.
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