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‘Heart’ goes a long way for Warriors

The Valley with a Heart.

That is what was written on a sign of one of the local flood victims of Wyoming Area and it couldn’t have been truer Friday night when the Warriors took on Lake Lehman.

In a 43-10 victory over the Knights, the Warriors brought back a little of the pride that the Wyoming Area community lost in the recent flooding.

It was an important game for the Warriors to bounce back after giving up the lead late in their first game but it was also an important and emotional game for the Warrior fans, players, coaches, and cheerleaders.

“It was a big win for our program coming off the last three weeks with the flood,” said Wyoming Area Head Coach Randy Spencer.

It was the first school activity since the flooding and it brought out a full house in both bleachers. The game was originally supposed to be a home game for the Warriors but because of the conditions of the field it was moved to Lehman. You couldn’t tell it was in Lehman though because the away side of the field was packed with green and gold.

“The win was huge for Wyoming Area because of everything that happened with the flood and the damage people had to their homes,” said WA cheerleader Erin Maloney. “It gave everyone a chance to get out and get everything off of their mind and [the win] was good because everyone got to go home happy.”

Despite many local residents being affected by the flood they all came out to show their support and the football team didn’t disappoint them. Just like last week the Warriors jumped out to a big lead but instead of faltering in the late stages of the game they kept their foot on the peddle and kept control of the game.

Wyoming Area QB Nick O’Brien came up big in a time when his school and town needed him the most, leading the Warriors with 218 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

“[This game] was big coming off of the flood,” said O’Brien. “The loss in the first week was heart breaking and it was good to pull it off.”

It was quite a performance for a team that hadn’t practiced in a week. Instead of their usual reps the WA football players spent their time helping people in their community clean up and rebuild everything they had lost. One victim they helped was Coach Spencer.

“I am proud of [the football players] as students, friends, and members of the community,” said Spencer.

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