Friday, Sept. 27, 2019
News 12 at 11 O' Clock
THOMSON, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- On Grovetown's homecoming night, you won't find two different teams on the field.
These words echoed through the bleachers at the start of the game: "Grovetown High School would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Thomson High School and their community. As a token of respect and to honor the families that are mourning, we would like to take this opportunity to pause in a moment of silence to life up your community in thoughts and prayers."
The Grovetown High School Band donated 10 percent of concessions profits from this evening's football game against Thomson to the Dinger family.
The word comes as the community continues to struggle with the deaths of three McDuffie County teens died before school in an accident Thursday.
The Grovetown Touchdown Club also took donations.
"For them to actually have a Thomson banner up on their side of the field," Trevor Roberson, the Principal of Thomson High School said. "This is not just something that affects the Thomson community, it affects the entire community. We all have suffered a great loss."
Two communities came together tonight as one in the most unlikely place.
"We came for a football game but that's secondary to us being human beings and the Grovetown fans and the principal and the administration, they just showed humanity tonight," Principal Roberson said.
Signs of love and hope covered the field and the Grovetown marching band marched down the sideline wearing ribbons with Thomson colors.
"They're part of our family," Denise Bailey, Concessions manager for the Band of Warriors said. "It's very important we support each other and we're there for each other in every way possible. The good times and the bad."
On both sides were signs that said "Thomson strong and Tasha strong".
"We all need each other," Quiguel Hienes, a Thomson High School Cheerleader said. "Right now, these times in life, we all need each other so it's like good to have a big support system."
The signs showed dozens of messages where students said their goodbyes to the three siblings, Bella, Bryson and Bostyn Dinger. One student wrote "watch over us down here".
"We all need to come together and just showing that this school is coming together with our school just shows a lot of love and support that we need right now," Summer Eicher, a Thomson High School Cheerleader said.
And with the love and support on this field, it's pretty clear the Dinger's are here in spirit.
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