Boise High ready for Dona Larsen debut

Boise High ready for Dona Larsen debut »Play Video
Boise High School prepares for Friday's opening night game at Dona Larsen Park against Borah High School with a Thursday afternoon practice.
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - There's plenty of pomp and circumstance planned for the inaugural high school football game at Dona Larsen Park Friday night, but after the dedication ceremony it will be business as usual for Boise and Borah high school.

Unlike most years, this annual rivalry game opens the season. The Braves - practicing at Dona Larsen for the first time Thursday afternoon - say they don't mind the early intensity, and the added benefit of writing the local history books makes Friday night even more enticing.

"I think it's got everybody a little bit more excited on our team especially, and we're just really pumped to go out there and hopefully get a win," said senior quarterback Tanner Gustavson.

"I think it was really nice to play on the college field and you know to be kind of a part of that, but I think that it is nice to have your own field and to be able to make it your own," said senior lineman Larry Evans.

"I think all of the high schools are pretty excited about it. It's going to be a more intimate setting. You know Boise State's awesome, but it's so big compared to high school so I think the guys have been excited," said head coach Bob Clark.

The game has special meaning for many of the Boise high coaches, too. Dona Larsen was one of Coach Clark's teachers, and many of the coaches went to East Junior High..

The Braves and Lions do battle Friday night at 7 pm. All the fun begins at 6:30, so arrive early. Fan parking is about a ten minute walks away from the new facility.