What’s up with football field at Longmont High?

Dear Johnnie: I was wondering some things about the Everly Montgomery Field at Longmont High.

First, who was Everly Montgomery and why was the field named after him?

Second, why do they not paint the name of the school in the end zone like they did last football season?

And lastly, why isn’t LHS allowed to lay claim to the field considering that it is on their campus, they practice on it every day, and Longmont technically has “seniority” over all the other high schools in the area because they have been in town the longest? — Curious About The Field

Dear Curious About The Field: The field is Everly-Montgomery, named after two Longmont High coaches of yesteryear. Gil Everly coached Longmont High’s football team for more than two decades before retiring in 1970. Everly compiled a 136-67-7 record, winning state titles in 1954 and ’55. He died in 2004. A.L. Montgomery was a teacher and coach for 43 years, leading Longmont High to six state championships in basketball, track and cross country. He also ran recreational programs for the city of Longmont each summer. He died in 1988. The field was named for both men in 1979.

Gil Everly coached Longmont High's football team for more than two decades before retiring in 1970. Everly compiled a 136-67-7 record, winning state titles in 1954 and '55. He died in 2004. (Times-Call file)

A reader once asked me why the field couldn’t honor someone “who served the whole district.” Well, it’s fair to say that these two men did, as theirs was an era before many of the district’s other high schools existed.

As to eliminating the end zone paint: That was done to save money, stadium manager Larry West told me. The initials of local schools were painted in the end zone during the playoffs only. That did not keep the Trojans from finding the end zone this year. You could say they lay claim to the field every time they played a home game this year.

I know that’s not what you mean by “lay claim,” but look at it this way: The other district schools need a place to play football, too. So, if Skyline and Niwot and Silver Creek are not allowed to play at Everly-Montgomery Field, the district needs to build several new stadiums. I doubt that taxpayers would be up for that.

And, remember, some people view this situation entirely differently, noting that Longmont High always has home-field advantage against crosstown rivals, who must always “visit” the stadium, even for “home” games.

I would ask that both you and those who disagree with you see Everly-Montgomery as a facility that exists to serve the entire district. We’ll have to get over our notions of fairness in regard to it.

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