Floyd Central, the new school in Floyd County formed by the consolidation of Allen Central and South Floyd, is off to a 4-0 start on the football field. The Jaguars have wasted no time starting a tradition at their new school.
After home wins, Floyd Central’s players, coaches and cheerleaders have decided to dance on the field. Kelli Hager, the wife of Jags Coach Shawn Hager and mother of Floyd Central freshman Caleb Hager, shared a Facebook Live video of the team dancing to Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle” after its 43-14 win over Lynn Camp.
Kelli said when the team first received permission to use its new field, Shawn was trained on how to use the press box’s sound system and started playing that song during a practice. Some of the players started dancing around on the field and Shawn took note; during the third quarter of its first home game he started thinking: if we win, we’ll dance. Floyd Central defeated Betsy Layne, 43-0.
“They won and he turned to his boys and said do you wanna dance? Do you wanna start a new tradition at this new school with a new team?” Kelli wrote in a Facebook message. “And they did. So every time they win a home game, they dance.”
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The Jaguars’ victory over Lynn Camp was the first matchup of a four-game homestand. Next up is Prestonsburg, where Shawn was an assistant coach and head baseball coach before taking the Floyd Central job. Pike County Central visits on Sept. 22 before Belfry, currently ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, comes to town for a big division battle.
If Floyd Central can upset the Pirates in its first year with a program, the Jaguars might never stop dancing.