Denham Springs has first high school football game since flooding

Denham Springs High football provides respite from clean-up

Denham Springs, a town where 90 percent of homes were flooded last month, while some of the flood waters have receded, many families are still cleaning up. Friday night, the residents got a chance to get a break from it, as Denham Springs High School held its first game after the flood.

The community is doing about as best as they can. But anyone who came into the stadium with a gloomy or depressed attitude certainly left with a smile on their face.

One by one, fans lined up, grabbing their tickets at the counter, stopping for snacks at the concession stand. On the surface, it looked like a typical Friday night football game, but for families and students at Denham Springs high it's so much more.

"The kids need it. The kids need the distraction," said Brian Hutchinson of Denham Springs.

The game was a distraction from the flood waters that closed down stores and businesses and left hundreds of families displaced.

The game was a chance to get away from all of that -- frowns and stress -- transformed into cheers.

"I have a grandson that plays football out there. So I'm a Yellow Jacket, die hard," said Sylvia Robinson.

The past few weeks have been rough on Robinson's family. Her two daughters lost everything in the flood. But coming out to this game put a smile on their faces. 

"It's helping everybody to be able to go out and do something and get their mind off the flood and all this stress. So, to come out here and enjoy themselves," said Robinson.

Scott Darensbourg cheered on his godson. Watching the rising waters flood this town, he couldn't just sit by --he took action-- helping rescue around 20 people from their homes.

"It was our duty..to have to come and help some of these people out. It was an important thing that we could do, as a community and stay together to show our support," he said.

It's that support from friends, family members, and neighboring communities that will help Denham Springs move forward long after the game ends. 

The Denham Springs fans went home happy, winning 47-0.


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