Prep football game is first step toward normalcy in St. Amant

Prep football returns after flooding

WATSON, La. --  Live Oak hosted St. Amant in the first high school football game of the year, though it was more than a football game; it's a step toward normalcy since so many at the game had been impacted by the recent flooding.

For the first game for St. Amant and Live Oak the fans were excited and the smell of food was in the air.  The stadium was brought to life. Tickets were selling, the marching band was playing, and two teams took the field hoping they'd come out on top.

"Everybody is excited. They cheerleaders are excited, the football players are pumped. They are ready to go and get out there to show their stuff," said Jimmie Chandler of the Live Oak faculty before the game.   

"I think it's good for our community to come out. Everybody needs this," said Kyle Hanna, a St. Amant parent.

About three weeks ago, both towns found themselves under water.

"It doesn't matter if you got water or you didn't get water, you still the same level of stress, either positive or negative," said Chandler.

For many it's been weeks of devastation.

"It's been really stressful and difficult," said Chandler. 

However, with each play of the game the pain went away and the smiles came back.

"I think it's awesome that we still come together as a school and unify. Still have our team play, still have our students here and I think we'll come back better than ever honestly," said Mallory Lavorde, a student.

It didn't matter the game's outcome because what these two towns have overcome makes everyone a winner.

"You see a bunch of people hugging and kissing. We do that a lot, but more so now because everyone needs that support, needs the camaraderie to get behind their team. It just helps them get up tomorrow morning and keep pushing forward and get our community back," said Hanna.

This game was supposed to be held at St. Amant. They hope to be back on their field in the next few weeks.


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