Last night Lumpkins Stadium transformed into one of the largest pep rallies that Waxahachie has ever seen.

Hosted annually by the Quarterback Club, this year’s “Meet the Indians Night” was expanded to involve even more students and clubs. Not only did the event feature the football players, cheerleaders and the Charmers drill team, but also volleyball, cross country and the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Marching Band.

“This was a great way to kick off the 2007-2008 school year,” said WISD Deputy Superintendent David Truitt. “We wanted the community to be a part of this fantastic event regardless if they have students in the district or not. Our goal was to pack the stands with all types of Indian fans.”

The free event began at 8 p.m. and lasted approximately an hour with KBEC’s Ken Roberts serving as the master of ceremonies. There were opportunities for community members to purchase Indian Spirit gear and to learn more about other Waxahachie ISD spirit organizations.

Waxahachie resident Mildred Scott and her daughter Lisa Allen were in the stands to cheer for all the students, but one in particular.

“He’s great!” said Scott of her grandson Gary Mason, Jr. aka “Tumpy.”

Mason plays football for the WHS Indians and wears the No. 9 on his Indians jersey.

“His aunt Lisa chauffeurs him (Mason) around to all his practices and games,” said Scott of her daughter Lisa Allen. “She doesn’t miss any of his games.

“He (Mason) is on the football, basketball, and track teams and I go to everything,” said Allen, who added, “and he’s already committed to Baylor and we’re getting letters every day.”

“I’m here to support the Indians,” said Waxahachie resident Shirley McLeroy, whose son Kyle McLeroy is a wide receiver on the freshman A Team and wears jersey No. 17.

McLeroy was there to support the Indians, her son and her nephew, WHS Indians Coach Rocky Robinson.

“I’m all about community stuff,” said McLeroy.

“I was very excited to see the turn-out,” said WISD School Board Member John Colwell. “It was a nice program. I saw a lot of kids that are excited about starting the school year.”

Former WHS ag teacher Ron Appleton was pleasantly surprised to have trouble finding a place to park when he arrived.

“I’m excited to see this community turn-out to support these kids,” said Appleton.

Turner Middle School sixth-grader Kain Ott was there to cheer for his older brother, WHS 11th grader Kaleb Ott, No. 21 for the Indians who plays the positions of fullback and outside linebacker.

“I’m really excited that my brother is on the football team and I can’t wait to see him play,” said Ott. “I’ll probably go to all of his games this year.”

“I really liked walking around and seeing everyone. I even saw my old teacher (fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Duale) here,” said Wedgeworth Elementary fifth- grader Cody McBride.

The stadium was packed with fans, many sporting T-shirts and caps of green. It was a terrific show of school spirit and community pride.

“Thanks to all who came out and showed their support for the Waxahachie Indians,” said Truitt.