Football Brings Normalcy for Preble High School

By , Evan Kruegel, Local 5 News

Published 08/21 2014 10:57PM

Updated 08/21 2014 11:01PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - It's been nearly two weeks since a fire swept through the Preble High School gym, and Thursday night, emotions were running high as the football team took the field for the first time.

It was a chance for the Preble Community to return to normal after a two week period, that's been anything but.

As Preble High School took the field, they did so to a different beat, out to show the world that a fire, would not define them.

"There's no way anyone should feel sorry for us," Preble Senior Matt Kugel says. "We're a football team. We play football, and get the job done."

The accident left the team without pads and without structure. But tonight, Preble Head Coach Tim Larson says it was about putting those obstacles behind them.

"The main message that we've been trying to send the players is that football and sports just provide a great distraction from everything in your outside life," Larson says.

For parents like Steve Kugel, it was a relief to be back in the stands.

"It shows Preble pride," he says. "It shows school spirit."

And for the players, that support was much-needed.

"Knowing that your community is behind you just gives you a little bit more pride in your step while you're playing out there on the football field," Matt Kugel says.

A game that served as a new start to a new season, and chance to at least momentarily, forget about the fire.

Preble was unable to come away with a win, but for these fans it was a victory in itself getting back out here to enjoy some high school football.

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