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Brookland Football Giving Back

Friday night, we will be pointing out who won or loss. 

Brookland takes on Cedar Ridge.

Before their first game of the season the Brookland Bearcats are winners.

"We've been pushing our football players to think outside the box which means think about other people. Don't just think about yourself," Brookland Head Coach Chuck Speer said.

Those other people the Brookland Bearcats thought about were the flood victims in Baton Rouge.

The team loaded up a truck full of bottled water and Gatorade.

"If something happened to us we'd want people to help us. We'd want our family members to be taken care of, just like those people want their family members to be taken care of," Brookland senior Quarterback Weston Adams said.

"That's always something that's harped on us in football is make good decisions, make the right decisions and of course just the right thing to do to help people out that need help," Brookland senior middle linebacker Dallon O'Donohue said.

"Proud. That's out kids right there and they're making a difference," Brookland assistant coach Joey Potter said.

During the summer Brookland School Administration preached to their teachers that students needed to be more  involved with community service.

That's when the light went off for Coach Potter.

"When this disaster happened down in Louisiana, it was an instant reaction, hey we need to help those folks, you know they've lost everything."

Both of them are down, that's right, 75 to go (clapping).

The Bearcats did the heavy lifting, but to make this project a success they needed an assist from their community.

"Coach Spears always telling us to work like a team and I think it's a great opportunity to work on that teamwork and cooperation and we come out and help our community and it's just a win-win for anybody," O'Donohue said.

"Everybody went full in. Full nose-dive. We had one kid bring, him and his mom, his dad brought eleven cases of water and we were just asking for one from everybody," Brookland senior offensive guard Colton Potter said.

"Our booster club, they donated several hundred dollars to pitch in to this so it was just a football family," Coach Potter said.

Most of these athletes won't compete at the next level, but as a team you can see them growing into young men. 

"If you want to stop and look at good programs they're the ones producing good citizens and good products after they graduate," Coach Speer said.
 

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