BLANCHARD — Bridge Creek football coach Greg Wallis opened the door to an empty 12-foot-by-14-foot room next to the team locker room.
It used to be the coaches’ office for him and his staff. Now, their desk chairs sit outside, covered in paint. Their computers are around the corner, ruined after being soaked in bleach.
A flat-screen television hangs on the wall, oddly untouched by vandals who seemed determined to destroy everything in the Bridge Creek fieldhouse last week.
Nearly every piece of equipment — helmets, shoulder pads, blocking dummies, footballs — was damaged, slashed or drenched in some kind of liquid that left it unusable.
High school football practice started across the state Monday, but the Bobcats had much more on their minds than blocking drills and pass routes.
“Everybody else is starting their first practice today, but we can’t. We don’t have the equipment we need,” said senior Mason Trevino. “But we’re working on getting all that stuff. We’re kind of set back at the moment, but we can’t look back from here. Just keep moving forward.”
Seventeen of the team’s 50 helmets were unharmed, and a few more were able to be saved, but needed to be professionally reconditioned.
Southmoore High School, which knows about loss after several players had their homes destroyed in the tornado of May 20, 2013, was one of the first to step up with some donation items, including one pressing need — footballs. All but one of Bridge Creek’s balls was punctured.
The vandals used whatever they could find inside the fieldhouse, and brought some of their own chemicals to do as much damage as possible. They used rat poison, bleach, laundry detergent, toilet cleaner and carpet glue. They pushed a soda machine over and destroyed paper documents that included things like the players’ proof of preseason physical exams.
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