Tri-West, South Putnam go “Under The Lights” for good cause

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LIZTON – Often the term “Under The Lights” is used to signify a rather common event in high school sports.

The majority of teams in the State of Indiana have lights on their football stadiums and most play under them every Friday night.

That includes Tri-West High School, who took to the field to face South Putnam in their second game of the year on this Friday. But the reason that fans were sporting the shirt with the phrase “Under The Lights” was for a much different reason.

Both schools took part in the “Under The Lights For The Special Olympics” event-a night to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics for Hendricks, Putnam County, and the State of Indiana.

Another main goal of the effort was the prevent name calling for those dealing with disabilities.

Tri-West’s Jude Diagostino and South Putnam’s Nathan Criss served as ambassadors from each team and were on hand to present a banner signed by both schools to members of the Special Olympics of Hendricks and Putnam County.

Those athletes then participated in a relay during halftime of the game between the Bruins and the Eagles.

As for the game under the lights, it was Tri-West that found a way to rebound after an opening week loss to West Lafayette.

Jake Hendershot had two rushing touchdowns on the ground in the first half to help the Bruins jump out to an early 13-point lead which was enough to help beat South Putnam 22-7 on Friday night in Lizton.

Chris Coll’s team improves to 1-1 on the season and will travel to Lebanon next Friday night. South Putnam will return home to face Rockville next Friday.

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