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Gretna keeps a winning tradition

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Title after title, it's easy to see from the locker room trophy case that winning has become a football tradition in Gretna.

The faces and signatures  hang on the walls of former hawks who have made it big, something little hawks in training look up to.

As one little guy wearing a Gretna jersey told WSLS, his dad was once a Varsity player. He is itching to take his fathers footsteps.

"My dad played for them , he got sixty sacks and his jersey is still up."

Once a hawk ,always a hawk. Those stands always have a big crowd. Among them are former football players. Bobby Farmer played for Gretna back in 1976, he says ever since , its been a rare occasion he has missed a game.


"It's just like they are playing for us," Farmer said. "And they are playing for every football player that has played Gretna high school since it has been Gretna high school."

Judging by the long lines to get in the game, you would think that everyone who's ever been to Gretna is at the game.

And with a winning record like theirs, the hawks definitely have a lot to cheer about.

"That's the type of spirit, everybody's here. the whole community comes together and its really a great feeling," Farmer said.

Head Coach Kevin Saunders says one word that can describe Gretna's community is football.

"This is the high lights of some of these kids lives is playing football at Gretna high school and with the community spirit ---and the trophies to back it up its no we asked the coach what was his secret to the hawks success.

"It's no secret," Coach Saunders said. "It's just great players and anybody can say what they want its all about great players and great community and we happen to have that. Our kids are very dedicated playing football here and this is something they've wanted to do since they were playing in little league. That's all they want to do is play for the hawks.

and with those watchful eyes cheering from the crowd --its easy to understand how the tradition of winning keeps going strong year after year.

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