OKLAHOMA CITY - It was a tough game for U.S. Grant last Friday against the Plainview Indians in Ardmore.
In fact, the Generals lost 0-50.
Despite the point differential, fans say U.S. Grant's spirit was great.
"You see some of our players holding their head down and kind of feel bad for us, but then you had those five players who really stuck in it and motivated the team to do better. And we played hard all the way through, but they were the better team,” Samuel Davis, senior at U.S. Grant, said.
The team stayed in the game until the very end, and even encouraged players on the opposing team.
"There are even some players from Plainview who said that when they were face-to-face, they were encouraging them and complimenting them and that's so unheard of," Lennie Otey said.
Samuel Davis was one of those rooting on players from the other team.
"We're all players and we all love the game and they encourage me and I encouraged them,” Juan Rivas, a senior football player, said.
But a couple from Plainview noticed something discouraging at the game.
Only seven people were cheering on U.S. Grant in the stands. There were no cheerleaders and no band.
Budget cuts wouldn’t allow them to pay for buses to get there.
"A lot of our families can't attend those because to them, that might mean missing a shift at work, and it's extra money they need for their family and it's just not an option to travel two hours away,” U.S. Grant High School Principal Greg Frederick said.
"It gets you down because, you know, we are out here supporting our school and representing our school and then for people not to follow us kind of like a self-doubt thing. But then when we get on the field with our team and brothers, we lift our each other and try to do the best we can,” Davis said.
So the Plainview teachers and fans stepped up in a big way.
They reached out to the public to raise money for U.S. Grant High School.
The cheerleading team created posters and gift bags for each member of the school's football team, personalized with their names and a note inside.
“I can't describe how I feel. It's like, it's like a confidence boost. We know someone else outside of Oklahoma City supports us besides our school and it just really lifts us up and motivates us," Davis said.
"I tell them they have to be disciplined and all the things you get from playing sports and one thing that I've been telling them lately is if you do good things, good things will happen for you. And I think it's just happening tenfold and I just thank everyone from Plainview," Andy Chishko, head coach at U.S. Grant, said.
The U.S. Grant homecoming game against Southeast is Friday at 7 p.m. at Speegle Stadium.
And they won't be alone.
A group of Plainview fans told NewsChannel 4 that they have decided to drive to Oklahoma City to cheer on Grant during Friday's rivalry game.
If they win, it will be the first time against Southeast since 1998.
So far, Plainview has raised more than $6,700 for Grant through a GoFundMe page.