Football source of normalcy for prep players in tornado-ravaged community

Football practice.  It is a much needed distraction from the devastation at home.  10 players and an assistant coach lost everything in Sunday’s tornado.

“Today was a good day.  We needed it,” said head coach Darrell Crouch.

For the past two days his team has been helping each other and their community recover and digging through debris.  They rescued someone’s cat from a basement and found the ashes of a woman’s grandfather.

But today it’s all about football.  They have to focus.  There’s a lot on the line Saturday and it’s not just a trip to the state finals.

Linebacker Chris Friend says this game has a different feel to it.  Washington could use something positive right about now, something positive amid all the devastation.  Football is the only normal thing they still have.

Offensive lineman Brogan Brownfield lost his home Sunday.  His family will be cleaning up for a very long time.  But for the rest of this week, there’s a job that needs to be done.

“I think a win would mean a lot to this community.  It would show that we can overcome anything,” he said.

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