ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — The clock is ticking as Roseville High School officials race to fix the football field after the school’s graduation stage was set on fire at the end of last school year.
Following the footsteps of the varsity football team at Roseville High, you get a sense the players have a burning desire to start the season.
But as they take the field, the charred reminders of the rocky road to get here are just a few feet away.
An arson-sparked blazed forced the team and school to call an audible to put on a successful graduation ceremony less than 48 hours after last May’s fire.
Now for Principal David Byrd, the race is on to get the field ready for some football.
“We think we’re going to be finished; we think those guys are going to be done doing their work, and we think we’re going to be ready to go,” he said.
Players applaud that prediction, and school officials are glad so many people stepped up to lay the foundation for the fixed field.
The damage to the field runs close to a quarter-million dollars between the cleanup and the new turf. It was paid for with insurance money.
Roseville High will play its first home football game on Aug. 29.