LITTLE AXE, Okla.-- From ashes to anthem, flames to rain, Little Axe's journey to week one of high school football was anything but routine.
"They`ve worked hard, all year, all summer, and now they get a chance to play," said Amber Hester, who showed up early for the game.
Nearly two weeks after losing their equipment in a field house fire, the Indians squared off against Lexington.
But the blue, black, and white had a different look Thursday night.
Their uniforms consisted of donated helmets, jerseys, and pads. A team, clad in kindness.
"Well that's what Oklahoma's all about, you know that," said Hester.
"It's just awesome that they would care enough, to want to do stuff," said Debra Orsburn, who's son plays on the offensive line. "It's been really overwhelming."
In fact, equipment had been donated from schools across Oklahoma, Texas, and even a few sporting good stores.
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe presented the school with a $10,000 check during Thursday's game.
That generosity gave the team just what they needed, a chance to play. Not even the rain could stop their match with cross county rival Lexington.
The fact that there was any game at all was a testament to the quick work of local fire crews, jumping in when the team needed them the most.
Thursday night, a lesson for all in how one kind thing can light up a scoreboard.