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48 HOURS OF FOOTBALL: Rock Bridge seniors fickle in support of team

By Melanie Loth
October 29, 2011 | 7:25 p.m. CDT

Hour 4: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21

It’s the beginning of the fourth quarter, and Rock Bridge’s senior section starts to dwindle after Blue Springs South's touchdown puts it in the lead. A cable network camera passes by. The group hams it up for the camera, and then they quickly bring their arms back to their bodies for warmth.

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Students flirt by playfully kicking shins or tapping one another on the shoulder throughout the game. One student makes a feeble attempt to start a “Yes we can!” cheer, but it dies with a few giggles.

The student section, once about eight bleacher rows full, barely fills three rows as the end of the fourth quarter approaches.

The super-fans, a group of rowdy students that tried and failed to lead others in cheers, have turned their backs to the field, partly to huddle together for warmth and partly so they can chat with girls.

With just more than a minute left in the game, Blue Springs South squashes Rock Bridge’s last hope for a touchdown with an interception.

Winning is impossible.

It's cold, and all of their friends are leaving. The last of about 20 students begins to trickle away; they need to warm their hands and toes in the car or at a friend’s house.

One boy yells, “True fans don’t leave!”

He and three of his friends are the last students in their section — until, with 32 seconds left, they head for the exits.

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