Wednesday’s stop on the 2014 Class 4A Football Tour took me to Evanston where I found out that the Red Devils are putting their traditional red helmets aside in favor of a matte silver.
They’re not entirely new helmets. Football teams send their helmets off to get reconditioned each offseason and the matte style that’s so popular these days is little more than paint. Last fall, Casper Natrona County coach Steve Harshman told me that getting the helmets done in a matte finish is actually cheaper than the white lids his team used to sport because this doesn’t include any gold flake to make the helmets sparkle under the Friday night lights. Evanston coach Pat Fackrell basically said the same thing Wednesday.
Fackrell has heard some complaints in the community about his decision to go gray, but said he drew inspiration from the jersey pictured above, which was one of the first the Red Devils sported when his father, Kay, coached the squad from 1980-97.
Below are the helmets Evanston has worn for the past few seasons. This year’s bonnets have no striping, but will have numbers on the left side.