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Town comes out in support of Goliad Tigers

By Natassia Bonyanpour
Aug. 29, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.
Updated Aug. 29, 2014 at 10:46 p.m.

10-month-old Ily  Nelson and her mom, Nicia Pena, came to watch Henry Pena, a lineman with the St. Joseph football team, play at Goliad for the first week of Friday night football.

GOLIAD - Almost every seat was taken in the stands of Tiger Stadium on Friday night; waves of navy blue and white shirts could be seen in every direction.

The first game of the season had the Goliad Tigers taking on St. Joseph High School. Not only was it the first game for the Tigers - but also for one little fan who could be seen in the stands, just able to peer over one of the rails.

Wearing his striped white and blue outfit, 8-month-old Colton Brown joined his mother, aunt and uncle in his first-ever football game. He and his family came to watch his older cousin, defensive end Tyler Ross, give it his all on the field.

"We come and support Ty at every game," Kimberly Krueger, Colton's mother, said. "Hopefully, he will be just as good as his cousin."

Krueger graduated from Goliad High School and now lives in Victoria, but still, she has stayed true to her Tiger roots. She said she is planning to move back to Goliad - making her son a Tiger.

"I want him to follow in his cousin's footsteps," Krueger said. "I will always support the Tigers."

As the Goliad band began to beat their drums and trumpets gave way to a recognizable melody, little Colton constantly tapped on the rail as he stood on Tyler's mother, Krystal Ross' lap.

She said people of all ages in the Goliad community come support all of the sport's talented stars.

"My husband and I both came to football games in high school," Ross said. "This is really such a community sport. Everyone comes out and supports our boys, whether they have a kid on the field or not."

The family anticipates a great season for both teams.

"We hope all the players stay healthy and happy so that both teams can have successful seasons," Ross said.

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