Local Cheerleaders Support Iraan Cheerleaders

Local Cheerleaders Support Iraan Cheerleaders

MUNDAY, TX (KAUZ) - Hundreds of cheerleaders across the state of Texas are expected to pack the stands at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene, but they won't be cheering for their own team. 
Last week, an Iraan High School bus filled with cheerleaders was on the way home after a playoff win against Munday. 
The bus crashed.  
When the Munday cheer squad found out, they said it was no longer just a football game. 
Red Ribbons hang from every Munday Cheerleader's locker Thursday to remember life is short. 
"We got the phone call and just immediately, everything in that car changed," said Munday cheer sponsor, Jessica Toliver.
A semi truck crashed into the bus carrying Iraan Cheerleaders, killing cheer sponsor, Liz Pope. 
The first year Munday cheerleader Evan Hunter said when they got the news of what happened, that game didn't matter. 
"It hit us that it was not important at all you know that life is much more important than just a silly football game," said Hunter. 
Toliver said she is proud of her team. 
"Friday night their true colors shined through." 
This week, cheer leading squads from all over Texas have been sending support to Iraan.  
Tomorrow they will get to show that support. 
"Tomorrow is going to be a pretty emotional day," said Toliver.  "Our squad is really excited to go."
Hundreds of cheerleaders will fill the stands in Abilene to support Iraan.  
For Hunter, it's something she felt they had to do. 
"What they went through is hard and difficult to go through alone and so that it's very important to be there and support the other team," said Hunter. 
"It's not football," said Toliver.   "It's people and lives and rallying around others and being good Christians and helping everyone out." 
"I just hope that our cheer leading squad will take stuff like this into consideration and just put the little things aside and focus on each other and focus on the love and be a good group in general," said Hunter. 
Munday is not the only area school going.  
Archer City and Petrolia will also be making the trip. 
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