Friday Night Lights: It can't happen without them

High school football needs more guys like 30-year veteran Havre official Dave Peterson


October 12, 2018

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Havre's Dave Peterson officiates a recent Blue Pony football game. In his 30 years as a football official, Peterson has seen the game change in many ways, and one way it's changing currently, he says, is a dwindling number of people who want to get into the officiating business.

When it comes to a football game, most fans and observers are focused on the players and the coaches, the people most likely to impact and determine the outcome of the game.

But in addition to the players and the coaches, who get most of the attention and rightfully so, there is another important human component to high school football, and any sport really, and that's officials.

Of course, officials, regardless of the sport, will always be underappreciated. They make an easy target for fans, but they know that going in. While their jobs may be thankless, it doesn't mean it's not importan...

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