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Water Canyon football stays warm with help from school district partner

Nov 3, 2022, 5:00 PM

Water Canyon High School footbal players stay warm using Dixie High School football teams cold weat...

Water Canyon High School footbal players stay warm using Dixie High School football teams cold weather gear, Oct. 3, 2022. (Steve Showalter, Water Canyon High School)

(Steve Showalter, Water Canyon High School)

HILDALE, Utah — This was the inaugural season for Water Canyon High School’s football team and they started it off with a bang. Not only reaching the playoffs but decisively advancing to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, the next challenge facing the team was a formidable foe, the snow.

The next game was to be played in Cedar City at Southern Utah University, and the weather was taking a turn. Water Canyon Principal Steve Showalter said they did not have the equipment to keep their players warm because they are a new school.

But luckily for them, Dixie High School was able to fly by and lend a helping hand. 

Dixie High School’s football coach Blaine Monkres said it was an easy decision and believes any other school in the district would have done the same. 

“It’s a tight-knit community,” said Monkres. “You know, everybody knows everybody. I think all the schools are willing to help out the other schools.”

Principal Showalter said he agrees with coach Monkres wholeheartedly.

“It’s just a really good situation we have at Washington County School District with people being able to help each other,” said Showalter. “And he’s 100% right. We would’ve done the exact same thing.”

Showalter continued, saying that although they lost the game today, this act of kindness gave the students and community a season to remember. 

“For people who play football, kids especially, playing in the snow game was actually one of those things they really enjoy or remember doing,” said Showalter.

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Water Canyon football stays warm with help from school district partner