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A Time of Change For Toppenish Football

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TOPPENISH, Wash. -- In the small city of Toppenish, the change from summer to fall also signaled a number of changes for the Toppenish high school footbal team.

Farms are spread across much of Toppenish, the livelihood of many of the city's 10,000 residents.

Another important part of the city lies at Toppenish High School, where this football season, it seems changes are happening faster than ever before.

The team is finally playing on a new football field. Since the 1920s, the Wildcats had played at A.C. Meagher Field near Toppenish Middle School. This year, they made the switch to their new field, which is right next to the high school.

Right around the corner from the new stadium, a new coach, Jason Smith, is happy to have the opportunity to coach after living in Toppenish for 10 years.

Smith says, "I've been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who are great coaches, administrators, and players. "

And with a new coach has also come a new winning attitude. The Wildcats started the season 3-0 for the first time in 15 years.

Senior Running Back Oscar Ramirez says, "Nobody seems to slack off, everyone comes in here with a positive attitude."

Senior Quarterback Patrick Peters says, "Everybody's just working hard, doing what they have to do to win."

The new winning ways are something the people and players of Toppenish can take pride in.

Smith says, "It means a lot to them. There's a lot of community members who watch football here, know the past. What we're seeing is the kids excited to be here , they want to come to school, they want to practice."

Hopefully, even with all the changes, the Toppenish football team can stay on the road to success and bring a team and a city together.