MORGAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - People Morgan County took another step in their recovery. Morgan County High School's football field was heavily damaged in the March tornado. This evening, the football team got to play on it for the first time.
Morgan County High School played Powell County in a pre-season scrimmage. "Football is what this town is about," explains long time resident Darrell Bradley, "without it, this town would be so boring!"
Hundreds came out for the re-opening of the high school field. "We never thought this would happen," explains Sharri Hamilton. "After the tornado everyone thought the field was done. A part of our community that so many people cherish was gone and we though for sure we'd never get it back."
City leaders, community members and supporters from outside of the city helped raise money to rebuild the field. "This city wouldn't be the same if our football field wasn't here," explains Bradley. Before the season started we thought for sure we'd have to play at Morehead. They were kind enough to offer us their field but we knew we wanted to play at home. Home is where everyone's heart is -- this is where we love to be."
Morgan County High School's first official home game will be August 31st. Community members hope to have a large turn out for that game as well. They say this field is a building block to getting the town energized again. "We're going to be ok, we are survivors. We're going to build back, and it's going to bigger and better."