HIGHLANDER SEND-OFF | Community cheers on team as players head to state championship

Huntington High Highlanders receive big send-off to championship football game
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 11:48 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The Huntington Highlanders are officially on their way to the state championship football game.

Huntington High pulling out all the stops to send their boys to Wheeling for the championship.

Class was put on pause so the cheerleaders, band and community could give them a proper escort.

“We love to have the community on our side, it helps us play better,” said junior center Robby Martin. “I feel like we play harder for our city, so it’s always good to have them.”

The students are ready to follow the Highlanders to Wheeling, including Huntington High’s famous ‘Dew Crew’.

“I am pumped,” said student Sage Sigdel. “I really do have that ‘Wheeling Feeling.’ I have so many ideas. I’m hype.”

The student section has plans to make the championship memorable.

“I can tell you hours about it. Basically, we might build a ramp, if we win, roller blade onto the field,” Sigdel said. “Extreme celebrations, Mountain Dew everywhere too.”

After last year’s heartbreak, the Highlanders are ready to face Parkersburg South.

“We’re going to play hard, and we should be coming back from Wheeling with a state championship,” Martin said.

“We’re going to go there, whoop them up, and we’re going to bring home a ‘ship,” Sigdel said.

Even the kids at Meadows Elementary came out to wave and wish the team well on their journey to state.

“It’s definitely good to have the support of the whole city,” said senior defensive end Donovan Garrett. “I feel like everybody around just wants to support us and see us do good.”

The ‘Dew Crew’ is wishing the Highlanders the best, and hoping they pull out with the win.

“Play your hardest,” Sigdel said. “Act like this is week one. Everything starts here. Bring it home for Huntington. The whole city’s cheering for you.”

Huntington High School will play Parkersburg South in the state championship game.

Kickoff for the championship game is at noon Saturday, Dec. 3 at Wheeling Island Stadium.

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