Chain Gang Still in Full-Effect
Some games have those moments, when the spot of the ball can mean a win or a loss, so refs bring in the chain gang. At Rock Bridge, that gang is more like a sisterhood.
Rebecca Bruton has always enjoyed math even when she was an outlier.
"I was the only girl in my high school calculus class," Rebecca Bruton said.
Bruton is a Phd student at MU. She spends countless hours for a degree in mathematics education. "No sleep, working all the time," Bruton said. In addition, Bruton works a part-time job. She works with intervals of ten, calculating distance for a new set of downs. Since 1998, teachers have moved the chains at Rock Bridge football games.
"The original crew was three math teachers and a science teacher," said an original crew member, Jennifer Mast. Mast was there when the new football coach needed a chain gang. "It would be nice, if down the road, it was still a female chain crew," Mast said.
Bruton left teaching to get her degree, but she didn't leave the gang behind.
"It's a really good break from the everyday grind I have of homework, to get out there and run up and down the football field," Bruton said. If you think Friday Nights are a time to relax, think again.
"If I wasn't doing that, I'd honestly probably be doing homework at this point in my life."
Come game time, Bruton and the gang wait patiently until the refs call their name. She couldn't decide what she like more: math or the chain gang.