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9/22/05-Quitman

Brothers Find New Home, Renewed Bond On East Texas Football Field

A trio in Quitman is proving that a family that plays together, stays together.
They fled Hurricane Katrina's rampage in Louisiana, only to reunite and make East Texas home.
In Quitman, hundreds of miles from their hometown, they say they never feel alone.
"We love each other, we're brothers. I protect them, they protect me," said Billy Bennett.
Brothers Chris and Billy Bennett adopted Josh Brumfield into their home back in Brid City, Louisiana, after attending junior high together.
They were separated when Hurricane Katrina swept over their hometown. Chris and Billy came to stay with a cousin in Quitman, and Josh left with his mother to Memphis.
"It's kind of depressing, seeing it all on national TV," Billy said.
"It should have been hard (to relocate) but Quitman's so nice," Chris said.
To take their mind off the home they lost, there's football.
"I was like, I'm going to school so I can play football," Chris said. "Louisiana football is pretty rough, but its hardcore out here."
For the first time in years, all three are back on the same team.
"It's like my dream come true. I've wanted to block for Chris," Josh said.
The three Louisiana players are having to prove themselves worthy of starting positions again. However, they said it's a small price to pay being together and playing ball.
"When we got him I was real excited," Chris said of Josh's trip to Quitman. "I didn't barely miss anything. I had my brothers with me."
Since Josh came later he did not play last Friday. But he will be on the field this Friday night. The boys plan to stay in Quitman for the rest of the school year.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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