Hamilton Heights, Kokomo football teams join forces to help storm victims

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KOKOMO, Ind. (WTHR) - Their game at Lucas Oil Stadium was canceled because of Wednesday's tornadoes, but the entire Hamilton Heights football team still got on a bus to make a trip Friday night.

When the bus came to a stop, they got off in one of the hardest hit areas of Kokomo.

"It's been a whirl," said Josh Feltz, Hamilton Heights's quarterback. "We're all working as one. Came to a different community, see how it is. Just come here and work as a team."

Friday night, they joined forces with another team who had the same goal.

"We were watching film all week on them," said Kyle Wade, Kokomo High School's quarterback. "A couple of buddies are on that team and they were talking trash all week. But now, them coming to help just means a lot."

Together, they are one team helping tornado victims clear debris.

"To have the response that we had from Hamilton Heights, to come up here to be able to-- to want to help out with our community on a night that they should have been having fun, celebrating in Indianapolis... It means the world to me. I think it means the world to our kids," said Kokomo HS Coach Brett Colby.

In addition to clearing debris, the players also delivered water and other supplies to storm victims.

"A life lesson and opportunity to serve and do something bigger than yourself," Hamilton Heights Coach Mitch Street said of the effort.

Their show of compassion went far beyond sportsmanship. Little did they know, they were helping one of their own.

"Just like when I played football," said one of the storm victims they helped. "It's all about a team effort. You can help the community. You gotta help everybody out."

Even though they didn't play at Lucas Oil Friday night, both teams will be there Saturday. The Indianapolis Colts gave all the players free tickets to their pre-season game against the Eagles.

Both teams will be honored on the field before kickoff.