The coach at Waggener High said last week after a player kneeled for the national anthem that they were looking at steps for an alternate gesture.
“We are taking steps for next Friday to ensure our young men can make a stand for social injustice, while at the same time not showing, what is perceived as, disrespect,” coach Jordan Johnson said. “We support our young men in an effort to make a change for their future.”
That alternative was that the entire team took a knee after the first play of the game and took a delay of game penalty.
“I am so proud of our young men and their desire to see change occur! I could not be at a better place!,” Johnson tweeted after the game.
Among those supporting Tre Chappell, the lone player to take a knee last week, were members of the Kentucky Green Party, as seen in the video above. A number of other players initially kneeled but stood when the music began playing.