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Sicily Island High celebrates the return of football

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SICILY ISLAND, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Football is back at Sicily Island High School. It returned Monday with the junior varsity players taking the field to face the Wossman High School wildcats.

A message from the head coach helped players become ready for the school's first game in 12 years. Cheerleaders took to the crowd, pumping up the excitement, in honor of the new season.

This match-up was in the waiting for more than a decade. A lack of money and interest in the program forced the school to put an end to football games. However, as of Monday night, former players, who are now parents, are glad to see their favorite sport back in their old stomping grounds.

"I have been waiting for this for 15 years, since the day he was born. I named him 'Storm'," Clyde Polk said.

"Me and Clyde played ball together, we went to school together. Now, our kids are," Lane Watson said.

Head Coach Damon Price is training the players to help the school bring back Friday night football he says is two years away.

Price is also familiar with the school's football program.

"My brother played here, my oldest brother, my second to the oldest brother played here. Football has always been important to me," Price said.

Friday night football is scheduled to return once a varsity team hits the field in a couple years. This is required for re certification of the football program.

The Sicily Island tigers are getting ready for a re-match next Monday with the Wossman Wildcats.The tigers didn't win their first game Monday. The final score was 30 to zero.


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