By Bill McCaughey
For the Fort Bend Star
Hurricane Harvey may have washed out the first two weeks of the football season, but he didn’t come close to defeating the local football teams, volleyball teams, marching bands, drill teams, students, teachers, parents and sports fans.
It wasn’t even a close game as Fort Bend students stepped forward to assist in shelter and clean-up operations. Almost every team and student group at the 11 Fort Bend ISD high schools volunteered at shelters or joined work crews to clean out flooded homes.
“Our students and football players worked in the Twin Oaks Subdivision,” Bush Associate Principal Paul Wells said. “They hauled damaged furniture, flood debris and damaged sheetrock out of houses that had flooded.”
“We cleaned out 10 houses on Friday,” Bush quarterback Wade Freeman said. “Coach Aldridge gave us the weekend off, and we will get back to work on Monday.”
“Our volleyball players and the Travis Ambush Team have been helping clean out houses and collecting supplies,” Travis volleyball coach Nicole Hitt said.
Shelters for evacuees were set up at Marshall and Kempner high schools. They also served as central collection points for donations.
“Marshall High Hchool was set up as a shelter this week,” Marshall football coach James Williams said. “I had many players volunteering there all week.”
“Kempner football players were volunteering at the Kempner evacuee shelter all week,” Kempner football coach Darrin Andrus said.
In the heavily flooded Sienna Plantation neighborhood, Ridge Point High School served as a central location for clean-up volunteers.
“We set up the school as the staging area for our students,” Ridge Point football coach Brett Sniffin said. “All of our football teams were active in clean-up activities.”
The Panther work crews were assigned to homes that had requested assistance, and when finished, returned to the school for pizza breaks.
Time for some football
The football season finally starts for real this week.
Thursday night: Bush vs Westside at Butler Stadium at 7 p.m.; Clements vs Clear Lake at Mercer Stadium at 7 p.m.; and Hightower vs Spring at Hall Stadium at 7 p.m.
Friday night: Austin vs Alvin at Hall Stadium at 7 p.m.; and Marshall vs Klein at Klein at 7 p.m.
Saturday: Travis vs Elkins at Hall at 11 p.m.; Dulles vs Willowridge at Hall Stadium at 6 p.m.; Kempner vs Alief Hastings at Mercer Stadium at 6 p.m.; and Ridge Point at Stratford at Tully Stadium at 6 p.m.
The Stafford Spartans played their first game last Friday, falling at hone to Port Lavaca Calhoun 19-7. They will host Bellville on Friday at 7:30 p.m.