By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — If you’re familiar with Williamsburg High School athletics, you know that WE ROCK 102.7 FM in Williamsburg can be tuned in each and every Friday night during football season when the Yellow Jackets take the field.
Stan Lovett and Rick Campbell are two familiar radio personalities that sports fans from all across the Tri-County region have come to distinctly recognize.
The duo began their tenure from the broadcast position in 1998 and the rest, as some might suggest is 'Yellow Jacket history'.
A monumental piece of Williamsburg High School football history was etched in stone on Nov. 22, when the Yellow Jackets captured their first region championship by defeating Hazard, 21-7, in front of a capacity crowd at Rose-Stanfill Stadium. Lovett and Campbell will forever be a part of the Jackets' milestone victory.
Although both men may have sat furthest from the playing field on that particular night, each was as close to the action as the players were themselves. More than 15 years of Yellow Jacket radio play-by-play and color commentary have made Stan Lovett and Rick Campbell permanent staples with the high school football program at Williamsburg. Lovett's contribution to Williamsburg dates back to the late 1950's and early 1960's when he suited up in the backfield for the Jackets. The 2013 region crown is significant to the voices of Yellow Jacket football.
“It was a history making occasion,” Campbell said. “It's been a great pleasure for me personally to just see this team do well and to see how much work and effort has gone into this program and the great tradition they've had going all the way back to the 40s.”
Campbell also elaborated on the term 'Jacket Pride' and what it meant to him.
“It (Jacket Pride) means it's a group of students and alumni who have banded together,” Campbell said. “Once a Jacket, always a Jacket, and I think you can see it here.
“It was one of the things that I first noticed when I came down here in 1993,” he added. “Anybody that's played at Williamsburg is always a Jacket, no matter where they are.”
Lovett was quick to compliment his broadcast partner.
“I don't know if I could do it without this guy,” Lovett said. “Rick is the best.”
The WHS graduate and Hall of Famer described the region victory as the greatest win in school history to this point.
“I've never been involved in a championship team like this,” Lovett said. “This is something special when you've got the whole town behind you. I really can't describe it. It's just been a great ride.
“I'd say this team by far is the best team that I've ever seen and I can base that on the speed, the athleticism, the quarterback and the defense,” he added. “It's just been spectacular."
Lovett also said that the 2013 Yellow Jacket squad is the the best overall team he had seen in comparison to the school’s teams in the 1950's and 60's.
Head coach Jerry Herron received high praise from Lovett.
“He's done an excellent job,” Lovett said. “They love to play for him and that is a unique characteristic that a lot of coaches don't have and he's just a special guy.
“His best attribute is his strength in being able to relate to kids and that today is huge,” he added.
Lovett also gave Herron a lot of credit for the way he utilizes his coaching staff.
“He lets his assistants coach and he's got some good ones,” Lovett said.
Lovett and Campbell hope to remain in the broadcast booth for a possible Class A State Championship match, of course pending the outcome of Friday's night's contest between Williamsburg and Raceland.
This feature article has been written prior to Friday's game so the results will have been determined at the time of press release. Each stated his intention to return to the airwaves next season with high aspirations for another successful season of Yellow Jacket football and perhaps an additional opportunity to broadcast their fourth consecutive region championship game.
The duo has announced four region title games as a unit (2004, 2011, 2012, and 2013) for the Yellow Jacket football squad.
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