School hosts unique homecoming game after other team cancels

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GIBRALTAR, Wis. (WBAY) - No opponent, no problem for Gibraltar High School in Gibralter, Wis.

They found a unique way to still host their homecoming football game on Friday.

The stands were packed, the scoreboard was lit and there are football players out on the field. But, the sideline workers don't seem old enough and the refs are in jeans. So, what kind of football game is this?

It's Gibraltar's homecoming game.

"It's pretty cool how our teachers have come together for this," said senior Sadie Zayac.

Another senior, Morgan Hertwig, said they didn't know if the game was happen, but glad it did.

When the opposing football team backed out last minute due to injuries, the staff at the high school knew they had to do something. So, they came up with a flag football game: staff against the football team.

"We have got coaches, aids, teachers from K-12," said Peggy Tanck, Gibraltar Athletic Director. "Just anyone felt like they wouldn't pull a hamstring when they got out here decided to play."

Everyone was glad it all came together.

"At first, there was devastation and then we were not going to be able to play. But, then we rallied together and the kids were very excited to have this happen," said Tanck.

Win or lose, the students said they are thankful for the staff's quick thinking.

"At the end, I don't think it really matters because it's a chance for our community to be a whole, and it's senior year. We are all going to be together our last game," said senior Elizabeth Charney.

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