BY BRANDON SPECK
BOONEVILLE – If the Booneville Blue Devils win a state football championship this season, every superstitious coach in Mississippi will be trying to get a country music video shot on their field next July.
Booneville and Northeast CC suited it Thursday and Friday at Tiger Stadium, all for the sake of the song. Up-and-coming artist Mitch Rossell shot the video for his new song, “God, Girls & Football” on the field.
“It was a lot of fun,” Booneville quarterback Jack Simpson said, “being in a music video, thinking this could be possibly on CMT.”
Rossell wore Booneville blue and caught a touchdown pass as part of the scripted play-calling. He showed good hands. If the music thing doesn’t work out, receivers coach could be in his future.
Booneville had large – and active – crowds each night of the shoot. Friday, the home side was shot and included the band and cheerleaders. A kickoff started the shoot and gave the night a football Friday feel.
“It’s been unbelievable. Booneville’s taken us in with open arms,” Rossell said. “Everybody seems to be enjoying it. I know I had a great time.”
A drone plane flew over for crowd and huddle shots and Rossell played a free concert before the shoot. He stayed after until a long line of fans took pictures and got autographs.
“It was a first for all of us,” Booneville coach Mike Mattox said after wrapping Thursday after 10 p.m. “Our community is having a big time with it.”
It was the buzz of Booneville. Friday night restaurant crowds were instead eating concessions.
Northeast coach Ricky Smither said preparation for the video has been long, nearly 20-hour days, but he’s seen a work ethic in Rossell and his crew.
“These country music videos, there is a ton of work,” Smither said. “Mitch, he’s right in the middle of it. They were great people to work with, great publicity for Northeast, Booneville, the city of Booneville.”
Rossell’s prospects are growing. His team left late Friday for his hometown of Chattanooga, where he planned to meet with a record label Saturday.
He didn’t want to go into too much detail yet, but he has recently been able to work with a childhood hero, Garth Brooks.
“It’s been a very surreal experience,” he said.
BY BRANDON SPECK