Before Friday’s game, [Coach Mark] Harris took the team on a tour of Little Rock Central High School.
“We try to use football as an educational tool, and that’s my biggest thing as a coach … I’m trying to teach them to use football and those long days as training for life,” Harris said. “For us to be able to come down (to Little Rock) and experience where history was made and play a football game, it’s a win-win despite the score.”
“Their coach was up front and said, ‘We’re the closest school to Ferguson, and I don’t want to alarm you with that, but we’re trying to teach our kids and be proactive in that area, and show them that it doesn’t have to be that way,'” Kelley said. “When you start thinking about the Ferguson thing and the racial tension and that whole episode, it’s a chance for our kids to interact with guys who went through that. It’s a real life situation and a learning experience for both our kids.”