IMPERIAL — The marching band performed, the cheerleaders cheered, the crowd was excited and everything seemed normal for the Imperial and Holtville high school football showdown Saturday night.
Unfortunately, not all was normal for this game, as thoughts of last week's terrorist attack were in the forefront of everyone's mind.
People wore ribbons, the Tiger marching band played patriotic music during the pre-game show and the U.S. flag rested at half-staff for the contest.
But the show must go on, and these two Valley teams renewed their rivalry, with Holtville drubbing the Tigers 28-14.
"One of the things we have to learn is how to win," said Holtville head coach Jim Sturgeon. "We've never been ahead like that for quite awhile. We have to learn how to control that."