West Columbus football team surprises coach, helps clean up after storm

West Columbus football team surprises coach, helps clean up after storm
Published: Oct. 2, 2022 at 4:47 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - West Columbus High School football coach La Monte Williamson told his team that practice would be delayed on Saturday. He told them that a tree fell on his mom’s house and that he needed to help her for a few hours.

“I give God thanks and praise that I’m very much alive,” Dinthe Williamson said.

Normally, the Vikings practice at 9 a.m. on Saturday, but Coach Williamson asked players to show up at 4:30 p.m. if they felt safe enough.

“I just sitting there thinking, why don’t we go help them. They help us why don’t we go help them?” Demond Williams, a freshman on the team, said.

On Saturday morning, many of the players surprised their coach and his mom, “Mama D,” by coming to help clean up her house and property.

“Saturday morning me and my mom got up to the house,” Williamson said. “Just to see if we can get things done. And before I could get out, I just seen the football players showing up at the house. And they came ready to work.”

And of course, the players still showed up for practice later in the day, in order to get ready for their game on Monday.