The Boonville Pirates football team has already started on its new look for the 2019 season.
When the Pirates open the season on the road against the Pleasant Hill Roosters in August, they will do so wearing a re-conditioned helmet with all the works.
Boonville Pirates football coach Greg Hough said all the helmets get tested, cleaned and screws put in and bladders get replaced if needed. “If they don’t pass inspection they get kicked out,” Hough said. “Helmets can’t be more than 10 years old. Even if we have a 10 year old helmet, which we won’t have any kid in one that old, it has to pass the text to be used if needed. All of our kids wear a Riddell Revolution Speed or Riddell Revolution Speed Flex, which is a top rated helmet by the University of Virginia Tech study.”
As for the new look on the helmet, Hough said one side will have the player’s numbers in silver and the other side will be similar to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The only difference, he said, is that Boonville’s skull and crossbones in the flag is different than the Buccaneers.
“The chrome “flashy look” is very popular at the college level,” Hough said. “Oversized decals have also become a trend.  The oversized logo on one side and player’s number on the other side I got from Boise State. They have done it for a couple years and they are a team I traditionally like to watch.”
Hough said in his career he has changed helmet decals many times unless a school is very traditional to what they do.
In addition to having a flag, skull and crossbones on one side and the players numbers on the other side, Hough said the helmets will  also feature the American flag on the left back of the helmet and two ribbons-one in pink and one in orange. He said the pink ribbon is for cancer and the orange for leukemia (Andrew Wiser’s mother, Lane West’s brother).
“I’ve had a lot of compliments on the helmets already through social media (Twitter and Facebook),” Hough said. “Look good, feel good, play good hopefully. The kids knew I was doing something different and I designed a couple different looks and got their input. I don’t think anyone myself included realized how bold or big it would be on the actual helmet. Not everyone has seen it yet because I just got the decals in Thursday and got one helmet half done.”
Hough said the one helmet him about one hour to finish. He said his thumbs are sore from pushing out the bubbles.
“I used a hair dryer to heat the glue and smooth it out,” Hough said. “I also have to trim it up with a razor blade around the holes in the helmet. It’s a long process for sure that we will do as a staff so they all look good.”
As the former head coach at Carrollton, Hough said he probably had four different looks in 10 years. Whereas at Marceline, Hough said the helmets featured a block M like Mizzou and changing that  would probably have gotten him fired.
“I think everybody likes it,” Hough said.