Set to take on Rockport-Fulton, Leander students show their support on the football field

Leander students, who are set to take on Rockport-Fulton on the field, are rooting for the rivals after they were struck by Hurricane Harvey.

High school football teams across the state are preparing for the tradition of high school football games, including those hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.

Friday, Rockport-Fulton -- a community devastated by the hurricane -- is scheduled to play Leander's Glenn High School.

But instead of thinking of Rockport as their rival, Leander students consider them just fellow Texans.

Friday afternoon the Glenn High School band practiced. But it wasn't the typical song they play at games.

Instead, they played the fight song for the opposing team, Rockport Fulton.

"It was just an honor to get the music and support somebody that got hit pretty bad by the storm," said Junior Aidan Burritt.

The students at Glenn are coming together to support their opponent who they know has already lost so much.

"It's just hard to imagine that they're going through this whole thing and we're here and we're fine, you know? Their school is gone, like everything is gone," said Junior Mia Crane.

"I was also surprised their football team was still going to practice considering they literally have no school at this point," said Burritt.

"Yeah it's extremely admirable honestly," said Crane.

Glenn Cheerleaders made signs and cooked homemade meals for the Rockport Fulton cheer team.

"(We're) rivals on the field, and we're friends outside of that," said Sophomore Allie Krouse.

"We all rallied around each other and even though we are supposed to be rivals, we're all from Texas, and we're all Texans, so we're supposed to be there for each other," said Junior Katryna Patterson.

Everyone seems to pitching in.

"It's who we are, it's like instinct for us, just to be a friend to them," said Sophomore Kaiya Stokes.

The Glenn FFA donated thousands of backpacks full of supplies.

"When we hear something's affecting our other family in a way, we can't really do anything about that but go help," said Junior Bejamin Rampy.

The Booster club helped collect supplies and money.

"We're all in basically, whatever we can do," said Crane.

Other students are driving to some of those hardest hit areas to volunteer.

"It's impacted so many people that I wanted to do something," said Junior Rachael Frels. "I was like, 'I need to get more people to help with this.'"

So as the buses full of Leander students head to the game, they're ready to not only support their home team, but all those who call Texas home.

"It kind of makes me warmhearted to know that everybody's always there for each other, and we always have each other's backs no matter what happens, we're all a family here in Texas," said Sophomore Maddi Hill.

The teams will play their game tonight in Seguin.

As for the Rockport students, a spokeswoman for Aransas County Independent School District said they're working to bring in portable classrooms, and hope to start school on Oct. 9.

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