In Arp Thursday night, a chance for healing on the field.
The Chapel Hill Bulldogs held their first scrimmage since the death of Derek Timms. Timms died in a car crash on his way to practice last week. His teammate, Marquis Warren suffered a broken hip.
Just up the road on Highway 64, Arp wanted to give Chapel Hill reason to smile.
The varsity Arp players put gold tape across their helmets Thursday night. Concession vendors and Arp school district employees also wore Chapel Hill's blue and gold.
Fans said they are from different towns but they share pain as East Texans. Thursday's game was a scrimmage and does not count in the books, but it counts for a much more special reason than numbers.
"It's very emotional here tonight," said Arp teacher Faith Williams. "We knew it was going to be very emotional. We live so close, Chapel Hill and Arp are so close. We don't play each other duing the season but this is about more than football. This is about people and loving on people that are hurting."
Maya Golden, KLTV 7 Sports email@example.com