Fort Worth High School to Take Replica GameDay Set to TCU

We're just one day away from the TCU-Ohio State showdown.

The two ranked opponents face off at AT&T Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Ahead of the big game, there’s a big tradition that a local Fort Worth high school hopes to take part in.

As TCU prepares to host College GameDay again, the Nolan Catholic Vikings are also getting ready.

Students hope to put their set on display during the broadcast, along with their school spirit.

Senior Coleman Meadows helped build the replica desk last year.

“We got some plywood, literally just cut it out,” said Meadows, a defensive end.

His theater tech class brought the set to life. So far, it’s been used several times.

The student body pulls it out for 6 a.m. "shows" on campus, as well as pep rallies ahead of their biggest home games. Students interview coaches and teachers even pick headgear. The Viking always wins.

“It shows us that our school's behind us, which propels our team to do better,” said Chance Cover, a senior tight end at Nolan Catholic.

The football team takes on Celina Friday night. After the game, coaches plan to take the set to TCU and camp out before the College GameDay broadcast.

They hope an appearance on television will put Nolan Catholic’s passion in the national spotlight.

“Don't forget about high school. It's a lot of fun, especially Friday Night Lights here in Texas,” Meadows said.

The school’s tradition, modeled after college football, is one its athletes would like to see catch on.

“You walk on campus after a live GameDay set in the morning, everyone has a little extra bounce in their step, so it's really fun to be a part of that,” said head coach, David Beaudin.

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