BIGGS, Calif. - It was just days before classes began in the fall of 2016 when the grandstand at Biggs High School went down in flames.
The community pulled together, brought in temporary stands and rewired the light poles. The Wolverines were inspired enough to make their way to a thrilling Division V Northern Section title over Fall River at that very stadium as fans sat on temporary bleachers, lawn chairs and blankets.
"It brought us closer together," said senior lineman Joseph Kahi. "Because even when it burned down we had people showing up by the hundreds. It didn't matter, everyone still came to our football games and they sat in the dirt, they sat in the lawn chairs on the dirt track."
This year, they are hoping to repeat the magic, and if so, expect them to give credit to their fans. There may be more grandstand seating availability, but the lawn chairs and blankets have become a Friday night tradition in this tight-knit community.
"It represents, no matter what happens in this town, everyone's gonna rally together and have our backs," Kahi said. "Because last year when it burned down, all we remember was coming up here watching past titles fall, watching a piece of this school burning to the ground."
There is hope they will get a new grandstand and press box, as well as new places to hang their past accomplishments, just in time for next season.
"It was a piece of adversity that brought our team together," said second year Biggs head coach Tyler Rutledge. "Not only the kids but the community rallied around us. It was really special, and that's carried over this year, too."
The Wolverines are off to a 4-2 start, 1-1 in league play, and after traveling to Portola this Friday, they play three of their final four regular season games at home.
- Updated Law enforcement partner with local foundation to help youth sports
- Georgia lawmaker: Can people with HIV be 'legally' quarantined?
- Five ex-Presidents attend hurricane relief concert; Trump appears in video message
- Japan's Abe on track for landslide victory, exit polls show
- Jimmy Carter interview: Five memorable lines