Scrappy underdog high school football team wins 28-22 in double overtime, sends rich boys home
Richard Walker celebrates with family
The [Northside] Vikings, who became only the second Lafayette Parish high school team to reach the finals, joining Carencro High which accomplished the feat twice in 1992 and 1996, will face John Curtis at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Superdome.
Supporters of Northside High say they hope the victory marks a turning point in perceptions about their school. “All we wanted to do is prove that not only are we humans that live on the north side, but that we have a very good football team,” Allen said. “It’s time that people realize that things have changed.”
For those of you not in Lafayette, just know this: Northside is the impoverished, African-American-dominated high school. St. Thomas More is the whitebread, rich-kid, ultra-private Republican school that actually sued to allow its kids to park in handicapped parking spaces! This matchup represented, literally, the opposite sides of the tracks; race riots have been known to break out at sporting events between the two schools. The division was further stoked by Advertiser reporter Jan Risher writing that Northside was seen as "a poor black school" while STM was seen as "a rich white school." For a while, it seemed that this controversy was being exacerbated by all sides. It didn't hurt matters that STM has a lot more bling-bling than Northside. But last night, at least for now, vindicated the school that just wouldn't quit. Finally, proof positive that money can't buy everything.
I have several friends from both schools--including Nick the Conservative Cajun, STM's gift to the blogosphere (and Murph too, just for balance!). So you can just about see where I fall on this game result!
Maybe there is a semblance of justice left in this universe after all...