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Storm-battered teams face final football showdown
With all C.E. King and Kingwood high schools endured after Hurricane Harvey, emotions at their final game went beyond winning or losing.
Perhaps no two high schools in the Houston area sustained more storm-related damage than C.E. King and Kingwood. Both were displaced from their school buildings for months, and many players on both teams had their homes damaged or destroyed.
By early November, there were few physical remnants of those harrowing days in August, just days before the start of football season, when Harvey poured high water over Houston like soup into a bowl. Now, there was just football.
Their final matchup of the season would lock down the fourth and final playoff spot in their division, keeping the dream of a run through the playoffs and of a state championship alive for another week.
Above: C.E. King's color guard stands in position before the start of the game.
Much has been written about how football is more of a religion in Texas and tonight was no exception: Families, friends and fans filled the stands. Coaches stalked the sidelines. Players hustled and referees juked between huddles and hash marks.
Above: Members of C.E. King's choir watch the team come onto the field.
King students and families were hit especially hard by Harvey. Some had to be plucked from rooftops and rescued by boats. Many landed far from home, and have been busing in to school and practice from far-flung hotels or houses packed with other marooned relatives.
Above: C.E. King linemen take instruction on the field during the game.
The C.E.King drill team performs as the stadium lights slowly come back after the outage.