The power of the "team"

September 2021

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After the Coon Rapids-Bayard football team made a statement at Valley Stadium against Glidden Ralston, the Crusaders soundly defeated Woodward Academy in its home opener on Sept. 3. This 51-6 win, however, came at a price. 


In the second half, junior Lance Clayburg injured his leg and was carted off the field by ambulance. Now, teammates like sophomore Omarion Floyd have rallied around Clayburg and others who have been bitten by the injury bug.


“We didn’t take it so well,” Floyd said. “We really didn’t know how to react, but we got back on the field, finished the game off, and did it for Lance.”


Clayburg has clearly seen and felt the support of his teammates.


“They are keeping me positive, keeping me up, and keeping my head in the right spot,” Clayburg said.


When a Crusader falls down, it has been proven there are many individuals who will help him up.

Photos by Natural Expression Photography