Football gives Mannford a sense of normalcy

MANNFORD, Okla. - For many people a high school football game is no big deal.

For residents in Mannford, it signals a return to normalcy, one month after devastating wildfires.

On Friday evening, Mannford fans came out in droves for a homecoming game against Bristow.

"Being together makes you feel great," said resident Ginny Hoppes, who along with her husband participated in a tailgating party before the game.

The team itself was impacted by the wild fires.

Team trainer, Jaci Lawless, a sophomore, lost her home in the fires.

"We were able to get some pictures out things that really meant a lot but we lived their 11 years, so you can imagine how much you didn't get that you wish you had," said Lawless.

Lawless said it's been a rough month but her family is slowly getting back on its feet thanks to community support.

Two players also lost their homes.

Mannford's head coach, Eddy Scott, is impressed with the way Lawless and the two football players have responded.

"They've been to practice every time we've asked them to be here. Everything we've asked them to do, they've done," said Scott.

At halftime the school once again thanked firefighters for their service to the community. They also collected money for area fire departments.

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