More than football talk at Bixby championship game
JENKS, Okla. (KTUL) —
An hour before kickoff and score predictions were popping off faster than kernels at the Kettle Corn trailer.
One fan guessed 36 to 10 and another thinks the game will end 50 to 6.
But not quite as easy to rattle off, thoughts on the alleged sexual assault scandal.
Is the investigation a cloud over the game at all?
"I don't even want to comment on it," said one man.
"You know, I was reading some things online today," said Leanne Price. "I think there's a, there's a lot of lynch mob out there for Bixby."
And like the evening sky, many here could sense the burden of what's unfolding.
"Yeah, I think there's definitely been a cloud hanging over the school," said Bixby supporter Aaron Lane.
But has the cloud been so large and dark, that perhaps as some have suggested, the game shouldn't have been played at all?
"You don't punish everybody for a few bad apples, you know what I mean," said Booker T. Washington supporter Leon Skillens III.
"The incident that happened just involves a few kids, there's 120 kids roughly on the football team so to penalize kids, especially the seniors that have worked for years to get to this point, wouldn't be fair," said Lane.
"To punish the whole group, I don't think that was the right thing to do," said Skillens. "I think they did the right thing by playing this game tonight."
But not everyone agrees.
"I thought it should shave been addressed prior to another game," said Ms. Covington, reflecting on the fact that it's been over a month since the alleged incident happened.
At this point, some people feel like the situation should have been dealt with already, that enough time has gone by to make some sort of decision.