|Updated: 9/21 11:48 am
||Published: 9/21 11:33 am
As the drum line rehearsed each set before the game, fans began streaming through the gates of Memorial Stadium excited for Friday night lights.
The rivalry between Sapulpa and Sand Springs is years in the making.
Rumors have been spreading all week long about a possible brawl between the two schools off the football field. Just to be safe, the district stepped up its security.
Student Kylee Cramer said, "They basically said that everybody needs to be sitting in their seats and nobody can really be walking around." Another student, Drew Graves said, "I think they are going to be patrolling around everywhere making sure everybody is where they are supposed to be."
FOX23 found security checking bags at the gate, just to make sure no weapons or contraband were brought inside.
Student Aleecia Howard said, "I've heard about weapons being brought and I don't know if it's true or if they are really going to commit to it."
Even parents were talking about it. Sapulpa parent Tracey Hobbs said, "I think the schools do a good job of preparing for this kind of thing and making sure there is extra security for our kids."
The school tells FOX23 that rumors often escalate before a big game, but they take student safety very seriously and police have a heavy presence here tonight.