But the folks in Midwest, Wyo., say they were first. Their Oilers played Casper High School under the lights on Nov. 19, 1925. A white ball was used.
Despite all that, the official Westville village website contains a link to a 1973 Westville centennial article in The Heritage of Vermilion County, published by the Vermilion County Museum Society.
“Westville won the game over Milford by a 25 to 6 score,” it says. “Thus it was that the first night football game in the United States was played at Westville on September 28, 1928 … Coach Clayton Miller, Principal Russell Guin, and all members of the team will long be remembered by their fans. Any time great moments in sports are discussed you can almost count on the first night game coming up. It will always be remembered that it was played in Westville.”
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, narrows the definition of “first,” big time. It says: “Westville played the first regular-season night high school football game, that counted toward the season record, under permanent lights, in the United States in 1928.”
Try squeezing that onto a “Welcome to Westville” sign.
Danville native Kevin Cullen is a former Commercial-News reporter. Reach him at email@example.com.