Kirby High School is closed temporarily, after rats and snakes were found crawling in halls and walls. The 800 students have been relocated to three different school buildings to finish out the semester. But football isn’t going anywhere.
The Cougars may be divided during the school day, but when that final bell rings, they come together at Kirby stadium.
“That’s the only good thing about, since all this stuff going on, this brings a good thing to the school, so like, all the students have something to look forward to going and seeing. The football games, homecoming, things like that it brings something positive,” says senior Terryen Collins.
The Cougars have not only continued their season, but are undefeated in region play, beating teams by an average of 40 points.
“We just block everything else out of our minds when we’re out here on the practice field. We know what we’re here to do, and what our goals are,” says head coach Chester Flowers.
“We want to play football, so we not going to let what happened to our school affect us,” says senior Marshun Douglas.
Rodents aren’t the only pests the cougars have dealt with.
“A couple of teams actually made posters about us having rats and being home of the rats and stuff. It made me want to beat them even more,” says Douglas. “(Did you beat them?) “Yes sir.”
“This is kind of our sanctuary on Friday night. This is our getaway from all the negative things being said,” says Coach Flowers.
“Everybody’s throwing rat signs, papers up against Kirby. We are Kirby, we embrace it, we are the rat pack. Bring the cheese, we’re going to handle our business. Kirby strong that’s what we do baby, Kirby strong,” says assistant principal Mannie Lowery.
And once again, Kirby proud.