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Football, marching band, and cheerleaders kick-off fall season

VINTON–A tragic week returned to some normalcy for students at William Byrd High School with the opening of the football, marching band, and cheerleading seasons. William Byrd faced Cave Spring High School at home on August 28, winning 31-17. The student cheering section, the “Dog Pound,” dedicated the event to Alison Parker and Adam Ward of WDBJ 7.

The student cheering section, the Dog Pound, paid tribute to Alison Parker and Adam Ward of WDBJ 7 at the opening game on August 28.
The student cheering section, the Dog Pound, paid tribute to Alison Parker and Adam Ward of WDBJ 7 at the opening game on August 28.
The WBHS cheerleaders welcomed the football team to the field as they faced Cave Spring High School.
The WBHS cheerleaders welcomed the football team to the field as they faced Cave Spring High School.

Roanoke County’s new school superintendent, Dr. Greg Killough, stopped by the game, along with former WBHS assistant principal Dr. Paul Lineburg, who was promoted to Director of Administration this year.

 Dr. Greg Killough (left), the new Roanoke County School Superintendent stopped by the game with former WBHS assistant principal Dr. Paul Lineburg (right) who was promoted to Director of Administration this year.
Dr. Greg Killough (left), the new Roanoke County School Superintendent stopped by the game with former WBHS assistant principal Dr. Paul Lineburg (right) who was promoted to Director of Administration this year.

The WBHS Air Force JROTC color guard raised the flag to open the game. The Marching Terriers introduced their “Machine” show at half-time, led by director Dan Plybon, assistant director Denise Aspell, and their student leaders–Corps Commander Sarah Frary, and drum majors Melissa Wu and Joshua Hylton.  Members of the volleyball team sold doughnuts. Boosters sold 50/50 tickets.

The WBHS JROTC Color Guard raised the flag to open the game.
The WBHS JROTC Color Guard raised the flag to open the game.
The Marching Terriers welcomed the football team to the field, opened the game with the National Anthem, and performed their "Machine" show at half time.
The Marching Terriers welcomed the football team to the field, opened the game with the National Anthem, and performed their “Machine” show at half time.
The WBHS Marching Terriers kicked off their marching season.
The WBHS Marching Terriers kicked off their marching season.

The next home game is on September 4 against Hidden Valley High School and gets underway at 7 p.m.

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