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Every high school has super fans; meet a pair who cheer for Highlands High School

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 7:15 p.m.
Tina Smith, 40, and Sarah Millett, 37, both of Harrison, show their brown and gold every Friday night during high school football season as they cheer on the Highlands Golden Rams. Smith and Millett both have sons who play on the varsity team.
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Tina Smith, 40, and Sarah Millett, 37, both of Harrison, show their brown and gold every Friday night during high school football season as they cheer on the Highlands Golden Rams. Smith and Millett both have sons who play on the varsity team.

When Tina Smith and Sarah Millett attend Highlands High School football games, they make their presence known.

They stand up, scream and holler. They clap. If a referee makes a bad call, they yell at them, and correct announcers who mispronounce names.

In other words: they go nuts.

“We’re annoying at the games,” said Millett.

“We don’t care,” added Smith.

The inseparable best friends, both of Harrison, both have boys who play for the Golden Rams’ varsity team. They attend every game, home and away, rain or shine.

“When you have kids in football, your life is football — you do not have a life outside of football,” Millett said. “We love every minute of it, but legit — your life is football. That’s it. Period.

“When you’re in it, go all in, y’ know?”

The two have only been friends for a little more than a year, but you wouldn’t know it to look at them.

They met through, you guessed it, football. Well, a football-related event, anyway.

“There’s a mom’s night they hold every year where the mom’s play football,” Millett said. “You go through the locker room, you learn plays, you learn routes. You take your kids’ position.

”We’re both running back, wide receiver. That’s what our boys are. We met because we had to be in that group together.”

Xavier Smith, 16, is a running back, wide receiver, and quarterback for both the junior varsity and varsity teams.

Brandon Jochim, Millett’s son, is a wide receiver and cornerback for the varsity. He’s also 16.

The two moms can usually be spotted cheering on their boys in the reserved seating section in front of the public address announcer on the 50-yard line.

They doll themselves up in Highlands gear or in the school colors, brown and gold. Smith wears more of the former, Millett the latter.

Millett even wears heels to the games because it’s the only time she can dress up.

“I don’t have a life so I get dressed up for football,” she said.

“It’s a blast,” Smith chimed in.

Smith has been going to Highlands High School football games since her son was a baby.

Aside from the fact her son plays, she keeps going back because “there’s nothing like it.”

“There’s so many parents that are always there,” she said. “We don’t just cheer on our boys, we know them all. We cheer them all on.”

“When you’re on the team, their kids are your kids,” Millett added. “It’s nice to just not think of anything else but being in the moment of something good.”

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702,, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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