The sun rose over Tommy Oliver Stadium on Saturday morning, and by the afternoon, a high school football game was underway.
That familiar scene of everyday life in the midst of so much chaos was a much-needed respite for an area recovering from Hurricane Michael’s assault 10 days ago, when the monster storm battered the eastern Florida Panhandle, flattening homes, leaving thousands without power and claiming lives that are still being tallied.
Those who attended Saturday’s game welcomed the free food and free admission, but mostly they relished an oasis from the devastation, watching and cheering as Lynn Haven’s Mosley High School battled Pensacola High in a Class 5A-District 1 game originally scheduled to be played Friday night.
For once, who won and lost didn’t really seem to matter.
Panama City residents come to the Tommy Oliver Stadium for a community gathering on Saturday, Oct