The new permanent lights will shine upon the Trinity Lutheran High School football field tonight for the first time.

Trinity students playing football for the Crimson Knights will be a part of a game against George Washington High School at 7 p.m. today. Fans will be tailgating in the parking lot starting at 5 p.m.

The night’s theme is “Light ‘Em Up!”  Several of the donors who made the purchase and installation of the lights possible will be on hand.

School officials hope it’s an event that will springboard Trinity’s own team starting next year.

A few years ago, when Trinity fielded its own varsity team, mobile temporary lights were used for home games.

When the school decided to drop its football program last year, students were offered an opportunity to play for the Crimson Knights, which consists of homeschool students and those who attend a school without a football team.

Then Saturday, the school will host its largest open house of the year from 8 to 10 a.m. All faculty will be in attendance to introduce themselves to prospective students and families, who will receive a coupon for free registration for attending.

Also Saturday, concurrent sports tournaments will be conducted at the school. The Cougar Cup boys soccer tournament will be at the soccer field, while the Cougar Invitational volleyball tournament will be in the Bollinger Athletic Complex. Both events begin at 9 a.m. with Trinity playing in the first games.

If you can’t make it to tonight’s football game, another one will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Trinity.

That game will coincide with a lock-in at the school for prospective seventh- and eighth-graders that night and an open house for the community Oct. 9.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.