DT football calls off practice to help community

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DONIPHAN, Neb. (KSNB) - The Doniphan-Trumbull football team switched football pads for sandbags. With their practice field under water, the Cardinals helped out Amick Acres neighborhood.

Ayden King carries sandbags to help those affected by the flooding

"It's really kind of heartbreaking what happens to these people you know. Like they didn't plan this to happen," Doniphan-Trumbull senior Riley Carpenter said. "We went to a ladies house and she had five inches of water in her basement and she was in tears and you can't do anything but feel bad for her."

For hours, athletes and students shoveled and carried sand with anything but themselves on their minds.

"Sometimes little things like having to clean things up or having to take care of those things really just having to come out and help people," Doniphan-Trumbull football coach Brent Breckner said. "There is really a lot of people who had a lot of trouble with stuff and we would go places and they were struggling. We bring 10-15 people we get a lot of work done. Are kids know how to work hard so it was a no brainer."

Surrounded by the wreckage, those who came never once complained but threw sandbags over their shoulders with a smile on their faces.

"That's kind of just small town Nebraska, its our community its all over the place," Breckner said. "When stuff happened in Wood River it was the same thing. People will just jump together to go give a helping hand and that's why this state is so great and that's why these small towns are so great."

The Cardinals open its season next Friday, Aug. 30 at Wood River.