West Lafayette football community night

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The West Lafayette football team hosted its community night at the Salisbury Athletic Complex. There were games for kids including a dunk tank with teachers, coaches and even Mayor John Dennis taking part.

“It’s really cool. I think the kids really enjoyed being here. They have little heroes. They know their numbers (of) their favorite player. They get to see them up close and personal,” said West Lafayette head football coach Shane Fry. “They are always supporting us. Our guys go down and watch them play flag football, little gridiron junior high, too. So it’s a happy family.”

Afterwards, the Red Devils held a scrimmage for their fans.

Some of the highlights on the field included Mikey Kidwell’s pass to Austin Turner — which Turner almost fumbled, but somehow still held on to the ball after being hit.

A little later Gabe Parker had an impressive interception on a Kidwell pass attempt.

“I know as an offensive player we have stuff to work on, but the defense was shutting it down tonight,” said Red Devil senior receiver/defensive back Austin Turner.

The offense got rolling when Kidwell threw a quick pass to Spencer Ronchetto, who took it all the way down the sideline for a touchdown. They would hook up once again on a pass that got them inside the five.

“I thought we did a good job of snapping the ball quickly. I thought we kept the up-tempo going,” said Red Devil senior tackle Peyton Truitt. “But then, we also struggled. We struggled picking up some of our blocking schemes, and we struggled catching some passes. But overall, it was a pretty good job by the offense.”

The Red Devils open their season on Aug. 22 at home against Tri-West.

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