LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Lyons was one of the towns hardest hit by the floods, but that’s not slowing down the high school football team.
The lights are off and the stands are empty now but it was one exciting game on Saturday. Lyons High School lost by a touchdown but they still have a winning record. The homecoming game was about more than winning or losing.
“It’s huge. Everybody remembers certain things from high school and homecoming happens to be one of them,” Lyons High School Athletic Director Kathy Leiding said.
This year’s homecoming game wasn’t really at home as the team played on a field in Longmont, and the homecoming dance wasn’t exactly like years past. At one point, however, some questioned whether or not it would happen at all.
“Honestly, we weren’t sure when it was going to happen, where we were going to do it, how it was all going to work,” senior Madeline Keen said.
Keen says together they decided they were going to do whatever they had to; they weren’t going to let flood waters take everything.
“It was definitely different, but I think in a good way,” Keen said. “You’re definitely going to remember it forever because it was different and it was special in its own way.”
For the people sitting in the stands or standing on the sideline that maybe don’t have a place to call home right now, crowning a king and queen and watching the football team with friends and family just might be refreshing.
“We’ve all just come together as a community, as a team, as one entity, and yeah, they’re playing for each other, and they’re playing for the school,” Leiding said.
When the game ended the fans didn’t rush to their cars, they stood outside the locker room until the team came out to say “thank you.”
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