The turf at West, Texas' Trojan field has been replaced since the tragic explosion that claimed the lives of first responders and citizens in April and the West High Trojans opened their season last night with their first home football game.
Citizens noted that the last time the field had been used, it was as a triage point for victims of the deadly fertilizer depot explosion, saying this was a much happier occasion. The Little-River Academy Bumblebees showed no mercy as they rolled to a 41-7 victory over the home team Trojans, but the community was grateful for the evening anyway.
West Cheerleader Jaycie York told CBS channel 11 in Dallas Fort Worth, "Its very special. I'm going to look back on this thirty years from now and I'm going to be proud that I moved to the town of West, Texas."
Investigators have yet to find any criminal activity involved in the explosion. The tragedy echoed across the industry and as regulators look to tighten regulations on ammonium nitrate storage, the town of West is moving on, Texas style, on the gridiron with citizens appreciative of a chance to get back to normalcy.
News video from CBS 11 in Dallas Forth Worth, Brian New reporting.