COWETA, Okla. – It wasn’t a normal week for the Coweta High School football team before their game on Thursday night.
The team helped clean up on Monday after the Sunday night tornado, which damaged a school, baseball field and several homes. The football field also suffered some damage.
“We had a magnetized sweep that was looking for anything, whether it was nails or screws, anything along that way,” said Coweta High School football head coach Tim Harper. “The ground was pretty much clear of all of this.”
Playing at home is something special for this Tiger football team,
I think things like that when we want to play at home, let’s clean up our stadium, “Harper said.” Let’s do what we have to do.
The team is used to certain challenges.
“Whether it’s a tornado, whether it’s a car crash on your property,” Harper said.
A truck crashed into the Coweta football field in August last year. Because of this, the team was only able to play one home game in the regular season and one playoff game at home. With a big game this week, they wanted to make sure they could be on their own ground.
“You know, we finally started to get back into the habit of playing a few home games on our own site with a little bit of, it’s always nice to have your fans in your stadium type contract and it was difficult to see, “said Dewayne Hunter, athletic director of Coweta Public Schools.
Harper said the team are sticking to their routine this week to prepare. Now, already close, they are even more connected after the storm.
“So our kids went through a lot of hardships, a lot of things that they had to overcome,” Harper said. “And I think it made them stronger because of it.”
Coweta Public Schools said the Mission Intermediate Grade Center, which also suffered damage from the tornado, will go virtual next week.
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