Washington community supports football team through game loss

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Residents of Washington, Illinois, gathered to cheer on their high school’s football team in the semifinals; a game that came just days after a devastating tornado hit the town.

The Washington Panthers played Sacred Heart Griffin, but they lost the game 44-14.

Players noted the community support as the orange and black crowd watched the game.

“Our community’s always been behind us, just because the tragedy happened, the tornado came through, it didn’t change at all it brought everybody closer, our community’s been with us,” said Washington football player Chris Friend. “It was just awesome to have them all come out today you know, when so much of our town is destroyed.”