Tennessee church moves Sunday mass to accommodate prep football game

It's a popular lighthearted adage to say that high school football is Texas' religion. Now we know it's more important than religion in another Southern state.

As reported by Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp High's Sunday matinee season opening football game against rival Beech (Tenn.) High, which will be televised by ESPN2, has drawn so much popular attention that it inspired one the town's popular churches, Station Camp Church, to re-schedule it's traditional 10 a.m. Sunday morning mass. The service will now be held at 5 p.m. instead of 10 a.m.

The re-scheduled mass is a new move for the Sumner County town, which treasures many of the oldest Southern traditions, God and football chief among them.

Rather than being disappointed, Station Camp minister, the Rev. Dan Cooke, said that the entire congregation is excited about Sunday's big kick off.

"I know this is going to be a once in a lifetime event for the kids," Cooke told WSMV. "And we're just crazy about it. We're excited."

Tickets for the game are on sale for $6 and reportedly have been selling briskly, with the two schools anticipating thousands of fans at the game. That will only increase the atmosphere and excitement at the game, with plenty of time after the final whistle for fans to get into the pews at Station Camp Church, win or lose.

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