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A wave of steadfast supporters greeted the Clover High School football team when the Blue Eagles entered the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the kickoff last Friday.
The driving force behind the unprecedented show of support was the faculty and staff at Clover High School who organized the show as a means of rallying the school and community behind a Blue Eagle team staring adversity in the face for the better part of six months.
A prepared statement issued by the school said: What makes Clover special is that we are all a family here, win or lose, and despite the hardships this team has faced, we still love them and are pround of them.
The pregame stand up for the Eagles was a heartfelt outpouring of support, but the best was yet to come.
After the Blue Eagles had suffered a 49-10 defeat to the visiting Rock Hill Bearcats, the CHS cheerleaders joined the team in its postgame huddle for prayer and words of encouragement.
The cheerleaders stood alongside the players facing the Blue Eagle band, while the CHS musicians played the school's alma mater.
Before departing the field, the cheerleaders turned and faced the players with hand-clapping applause. The message: There's something special going on at Clover High School.