Ticket sales to the District 8-4A championship game between Everman and Stephenville were shockingly slow at Stephenville High School Tuesday.
Almost 800 tickets remain, with sales resuming in the high school lobby today.
SHS principal Travis Stilwell and other school officials on site said they were surprised by the small turnout, as approximately 100 people purchased just more than 300 tickets.
The sale began with an estimated 1,100 tickets remaining after the immediate families of students involved in the game through extra-curricular activities picked up the first 900 during the priority sale Tuesday.
If we wouldn't have taken care of (all the students involved) yesterday, it would be a little crazy right now, Stilwell said minutes before he opened the lobby doors and welcomed in the first patron in line.
By 5:15 the line had diminished and sales slowed to a crawl.
Nelda Scott was the first ticket seeker to arrive outside the high school, and had her lawn chair ready for the long wait. School officials say she arrived at 12:38 p.m.
Scott said she missed the Yellow Jackets' games in Aledo and Wichita Falls, but that she was not going to miss this one. She plans to take her granddaughter, son and son's friend along with her. She passed the time by reading a copy of the Empire-Tribune and visiting with those in line just behind her.
One of those to arrive just after Scott was Robert Phillips, who arrived at 12:45 and said he didn't think he would ever have to wait in line two days early for tickets to a high school football game. Phillips said his son has attended every game, but he has not. He is planning on using one the four tickets he purchased to be in Everman Friday.
P.D. Ash arrived with lawn chair in tow at approximately 2:30 p.m. Ash is a senior Yellow Jacket fan, saying he's attended almost every game since 1966.
I may have missed one or two but I've been to just about all of them since 1966, Ash said. I think this game should be moved to a place that can accommodate everybody.
Stilwell remained confident that the school will sell out of the tickets, and he expects they will go quickly once it is announced at school tomorrow that plenty remain.
I think more people than we know already went to Everman and got tickets, he explained. And a lot of people probably thought there would be a crowd and they just didn't want to fight it.
Ticket prices remain $5 for adults and $3 for students. Now that the initial rush is over, there is no longer a limit on the amount of tickets an individual may purchase.
No tickets will be sold at the gate in Everman Friday. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.
Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at email@example.com.